en·​gaged | \ in-ˈgājd , en-\

Definition of engaged

1 : involved in activity : occupied, busy
2 : pledged to be married : betrothed
3 : greatly interested : committed
4 : involved especially in a hostile encounter
5 : partly embedded in a wall an engaged column
6 : being in gear : meshed

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Synonyms & Antonyms for engaged


affianced, bespoke (also bespoken) [dialect], betrothed, promised [chiefly dialect]



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Examples of engaged in a Sentence

the engaged couple make a charming pair I'm engaged right now, so call back some other time.

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Users from less engaged age groups or those from less affluent countries aren’t as attractive to advertisers. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Facebook Has Got the Wrong Kind of Friends," 25 Jan. 2019 According to Psychology Today, the kids who were given fewer toys focused more, were more engaged, played more creatively, and interacted with their toys in more varied ways for longer periods of time. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Attention Grandmas: It's Better for Kids to Have Fewer Toys," 14 Dec. 2018 In a matter of months, Brooklyn was more engaged, focused, and excited about learning than ever before. Shelley Levitt, Woman's Day, "These 4 Inspirational Women Went to Great Lengths for Their Kids," 4 Dec. 2018 The Wing’s physical spaces also naturally solve a problem faced by grassroots organizers and political parties of how to keep people engaged: Wing members are always there, sitting on a velvet couch, refreshing Twitter and sipping a chai latte. Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "How The Wing Became a Secret Weapon For Midterm Candidates," 30 Oct. 2018 And, obviously, Kavanaugh has been very engaged with -- with the White House. Fox News, "Sean Spicer: Kavanaugh has a 'spotless record'," 20 Sep. 2018 This carrot might keep a redshirting player more engaged during the season. Andy Staples, SI.com, "New Redshirt Rule Adds Intriguing Potential Twist to Alabama's QB Competition," 3 July 2018 For some politically engaged black and brown young people who spoke with Teen Vogue, the chaos of the election cycle brought about a storm of frustrations for a number of reasons. Clarissa Brooks, Teen Vogue, "Nonvoters Have Valid Criticisms of the United States Government," 16 Nov. 2018 Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's relationship has been a bit of a whirlwind: The two were only publicly dating for a few weeks before getting engaged in June. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Brief Investigation Into Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's Coupled-Up Tattoos," 22 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of engaged

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of engaged

: promised to be married
: busy with some activity
chiefly British, of a telephone or telephone line : being used


en·​gaged | \ in-ˈgājd \

Kids Definition of engaged

1 : busy with an activity She is engaged in full-time research.
2 : promised to be married

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a servile follower or underling

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