Definition of Engagement

1. Noun. A hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war. "He lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"

Exact synonyms: Battle, Conflict, Fight
Generic synonyms: Action, Military Action
Specialized synonyms: Armageddon, Pitched Battle, Naval Battle, Armed Combat, Combat, Dogfight, Assault
Group relationships: War, Warfare
Specialized synonyms: Battle Of Britain, Drogheda
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Derivative terms: Battle, Engage, Fight

2. Noun. A meeting arranged in advance. "She asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date"
Exact synonyms: Appointment, Date
Generic synonyms: Get Together, Meeting
Specialized synonyms: Blind Date, Double Date, Rendezvous, Tryst
Member holonyms: Date, Escort
Derivative terms: Date, Date

3. Noun. A mutual promise to marry.
Exact synonyms: Betrothal, Troth
Generic synonyms: Promise
Specialized synonyms: Ringing
Derivative terms: Engage

4. Noun. The act of giving someone a job.
Exact synonyms: Employment
Generic synonyms: Action
Specialized synonyms: Shape-up, Call-back, Booking, Reservation
Derivative terms: Employ, Engage

5. Noun. Employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time. "The play had bookings throughout the summer"
Exact synonyms: Booking
Specialized synonyms: Gig
Generic synonyms: Employment, Work
Derivative terms: Book

6. Noun. Contact by fitting together. "The meshing of gears"
Exact synonyms: Interlocking, Mesh, Meshing
Generic synonyms: Contact, Impinging, Striking
Derivative terms: Engage, Engage, Mesh, Mesh

7. Noun. The act of sharing in the activities of a group. "The teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"

Definition of Engagement

1. n. The act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or entering into contest.

Definition of Engagement

1. Noun. an appointment, especially to speak or perform ¹

2. Noun. connection or attachment ¹

3. Noun. (countable or uncountable) the period of time when marriage is planned or promised ¹

4. Noun. In any situation of conflict, an actual instance of active hostilities. ¹

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Definition of Engagement

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Engagement

1. 1. The act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or entering into contest. 2. The state of being engaged, pledged or occupied; specif, a pledge to take some one as husband or wife. 3. That which engages; engrossing occupation; employment of the attention; obligation by pledge, promise, or contract; an enterprise embarked in; as, his engagements prevented his acceptance of any office. "Religion, which is the chief engagement of our league." (Milton) 4. An action; a fight; a battle. "In hot engagement with the Moors." (Dryden) 5. The state of being in gear; as, one part of a clutch is brought into engagement with the other part. Synonym: Vocation, business, employment, occupation, promise, stipulation, betrothal, word, battle, combat, fight, contest, conflict. See Battle. Origin: Cf. F. Engagement. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Engagement

engaged tone
engagement (current term)
engagement ring
engagement rings

Literary usage of Engagement

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Southern History of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1866)
"engagement in Resaca Valley.—General Johnston's designs. ... engagement AT NEW HOPE CHURCH.—True theory of the retrograde movement of Johnston. ..."

2. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Jonathan Cogswell Perkins (1845)
"BILL by heir, suggesting a secret, void .trust for charity in residuary devisees, but without evidence of a trust expressed, or of an engagement, ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"The first naval engagement after the signing of the treaty took place off Ushant, 27 July, 1778, between the French fleet under Count D'Orvilliers and the ..."

4. Notes and Queries by Martim de Albuquerque (1862)
"Ramsay, and many others, had to appear before the Presbytery and sign a disavowal and recantation of the engagement. A whole page of the volume is filled ..."

5. The Spectator: With Sketches of the Lives of the Authors, an Index, and by Joseph Addison, Richard Steele (1853)
"He had no sooner brought his men to the engagement, but, finding himself utterly ... It contained an account of an engagement between a French privateer, ..."

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