noun en·gage·ment \in-ˈgāj-mənt, en-\
: an agreement to be married : the act of becoming engaged or the state of being engaged to be married
: a promise to meet or be present at a particular place and time
: a job as a performer
a : an arrangement to meet or be present at a specified time and place <a dinner engagement>
b : a job or period of employment especially as a performer
a : the act of engaging : the state of being engaged
b : emotional involvement or commitment <seesaws between obsessive engagement and ambiguous detachment — Gary Taylor>
c : betrothal
: the state of being in gear
: a hostile encounter between military forces
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Examples of ENGAGEMENT
- The couple recently announced their engagement.
- She surprised everyone by breaking off her yearlong engagement.
- We have a dinner engagement this weekend.
- She's been offered several speaking engagements.
- his lifelong engagement with politics
- a lack of emotional engagement
First Known Use of ENGAGEMENT
: the act of becoming engaged to be married : the state of being engaged to be married <They announced their engagement.>
: employment 3 <He was offered several speaking engagements.>
: appointment 1 <It was Saturday and she had an important engagement. — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game>
: a fight between armed forces : battle
: the phase of parturition in which the fetal head passes into the cavity of the true pelvis
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