Definition of engage
1 : to offer (something, such as one's life or word) as backing to a cause or aim : to expose to risk for the attainment or support of some end engaged his all in the king's cause
2a obsolete : to entangle or entrap in or as if in a snare or bogb : to attract and hold by influence or powerc : to interlock with : mesh; also : to cause (mechanical parts) to mesh engage the clutch
3 : to bind (someone, such as oneself) to do something; especially : to bind by a pledge to marry
5a : to hold the attention of : engross her work engages her completelyb : to induce to participate engaged the shy boy in conversation
6a : to enter into contest or battle with engage the enemyb : to bring together or interlock (weapons)
7 : to deal with especially at length
1a : to pledge oneself : promiseb : to make a guarantee he engages for the honesty of his brother
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Her cabinet is engaged in open warfare as rivals position themselves to replace her.
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Much of the document consists of an extensive list of requirements the defendants would have to meet in order to be allowed to engage in similar manufacturing or compounding activity.
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Origin and Etymology of engage
Middle English, from Anglo-French engager, from en- + gage pledge, gage
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of engagé
: committed to or supportive of a cause
Did You Know?
Engagé is the past participle of the French verb engager, meaning "to engage." The French have used "engagé" since the 19th century to describe socially or politically active people. The term became particularly fashionable in the wake of World War II, when French writers, artists, and intellectuals felt it was increasingly important for them to take a stand on political or social issues and represent their attitudes in their art. By 1946, English speakers had adopted the word for their own politically relevant writing or art, and within a short time "engagé" was being used generally for any passionate commitment to a cause.
Origin and Etymology of engagé
French, past participle of engager to engage
First Known Use: 1946See Words from the same year
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Definition of engage for Students
1 : to catch and keep fixed (as someone's attention) The story engaged my interest.
2 : to take part in or cause to take part in something He engages in many school activities.
3 : to enter into contest or battle with Soldiers engaged the enemy.
4 : to arrange for the services or use of : employ I suggest you engage a lawyer.
5 : mesh The gears engaged.
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