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engagement

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noun en·gage·ment \in-ˈgāj-mənt, en-\

Simple Definition of engagement

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  something that engages :  pledge

  3. 3 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

  4. 4 :  the state of being in gear

  5. 5 :  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



1601

First Known Use of engagement

1601


ENGAGEMENT Defined for Kids

engagement

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noun en·gage·ment \in-ˈgāj-mənt\

Definition of engagement

  1. 1 :  the act of becoming engaged to be married :  the state of being engaged to be married <They announced their engagement.>

  2. 2 :  employment 3 <He was offered several speaking engagements.>

  3. 3 :  appointment 1 <It was Saturday and she had an important engagement. — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game>

  4. 4 :  a fight between armed forces :  battle




Medical Dictionary

engagement

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noun en·gage·ment \in-ˈgāj-mənt\

Medical Definition of engagement

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





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