noun \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

Full Definition of ENGAGEMENT

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
:  something that engages :  pledge
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

Examples of ENGAGEMENT

  1. The couple recently announced their engagement.
  2. She surprised everyone by breaking off her yearlong engagement.
  3. We have a dinner engagement this weekend.
  4. She's been offered several speaking engagements.
  5. his lifelong engagement with politics
  6. a lack of emotional engagement

First Known Use of ENGAGEMENT


Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite


noun \in-ˈgāj-mənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ENGAGEMENT

: the phase of parturition in which the fetal head passes into the cavity of the true pelvis


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