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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)

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.

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."