Definition of "engage" []

  • To obtain or contract for the services of; employ: engage a carpenter. (verb-transitive)
  • To arrange for the use of; reserve: engage a room. See Synonyms at book. (verb-transitive)
  • To pledge or promise, especially to marry. (verb-transitive)
  • To attract and hold the attention of; engross: a hobby that engaged her for hours at a time. (verb-transitive)
  • To win over or attract: His smile engages everyone he meets. (verb-transitive)
  • To secure the services of; employ (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To secure for use; reserve (verb)
  • To involve (a person or his or her attention) intensely; engross; occupy (verb)
  • To attract (the affection) of (a person) (verb)
  • To draw (somebody) into conversation (verb)
  • To take part; participate (verb)
  • To promise (to do something) (verb)
  • To begin an action with (an enemy) (verb)
  • To bring (a mechanism) into operation (verb)
  • To undergo or cause to undergo interlocking, as of the components of a driving mechanism, such as a gear train (verb)
  • To locate (a locking device) in its operative position or to advance (a tool) into a workpiece to commence cutting (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "engage" in a sentence
  • "He got half of the word engage out, and then the call came up from sickbay."
  • "He goes on to mount the argument -- an optimistic one, in my view -- that perhaps the reluctance to engage is "a sign of a robust, questioning, and skeptical press.""
  • ""Opportunities to create partnerships and to engage is not a year and a half from now, or two years from now, where perhaps you will see a continued reduction in attacks or violence," said Francisco Sanchez, the U.S. undersecretary of commerce for international trade."