engage


engage

verb

Definition of ENGAGE

1
to hold the attention of <the challenging jigsaw puzzle engaged us all evening>
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>
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>
Near 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, engage, fee [chiefly Scottish], hire, lay on [chiefly British], pay, place, recruit, retain, sign (up or on), take on
Near Antonyms furlough, lay off, lock out
Antonyms 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, engage, lease, rent
Related Words sublease, sublet; check out; arrange (for), bespeak, book, contract (for), order, reserve, sign up (for)

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