Synonyms and Antonyms of engage
1 to hold the attention of <the challenging jigsaw puzzle engaged us all evening> Synonyms absorb, bemuse, busy, catch up, engross, enthrall (or enthral), enwrap, fascinate, grip, immerse, interest, intrigue, involve, occupy Related Words allure, attract, beguile, bewitch, captivate, charm, enchant, obsess; hypnotize, mesmerize; distract, preoccupy; hog, monopolize Phrases catch one's eye Near Antonyms bore, jade, pall, tire, weary
2 to enter into contest or conflict with <the daring young captain was eager to engage the enemy> Synonyms battle, encounter, face, meet, take on Related Words emulate, rival; contend, fight, oppose Near Antonyms elude, escape, evade; retreat
3 to obligate by prior agreement <we can't go to the dance because we're already engaged to attend a piano recital> Synonyms commit, pledge, mortgage, trothRelated Words affiance, betroth, plight, promise, swear, vow; contract, enlist, enroll (also enrol), sign on, sign up; overcommitNear Antonyms renege
4 to provide with a paying job <the wealthy couple are looking to engage a handyman to take care of the estate> Synonyms assume, employ, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], pay, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take onRelated Words reemploy, reengage, rehire; apprentice, contract, job, partner, subcontract; enlist; advance, promote, upgrade; keep (on); headhunt, scoutNear Antonyms furlough, lay off, lock outAntonyms ax (or axe), can, discharge, dismiss, fire, sack
5 to take or get the temporary use of (something) for a set sum <my sister and her boyfriend have engaged a chauffeured limousine for the prom> Synonyms charter, hire, lease, rentRelated Words sublease, sublet; check out; arrange (for), bespeak, book, contract (for), order, reserve, sign up (for)
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