en·​gaged | \ in-ˈgājd How to pronounce engaged (audio) , 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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Those are lazy assessments of someone who, for all his personal flaws, was a serious, and deeply engaged, student of history and the presidency. Jeffrey Frank, WSJ, "‘Leaving the Gay Place’ and ‘The Gay Place’ Review: The Texas Way," 28 Dec. 2018 Gen Xers didn't seem as engaged in their 20s, with their turnouts at about 40 percent in presidential elections of 1996 and 2000, according to the center's statistics. Scott Wartman, Cincinnati.com, "Women want to lead Hamilton County Democrats. Five things to know ahead of Saturday's vote," 5 June 2018 Mistake 4: Not including employees Employees happy with their workspace are more engaged, have higher job satisfaction, make better co-workers and show more support for corporate goals. Adam Felson, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to avoid creating a crummy office space," 16 Mar. 2018 Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, and Danielle Jonas are continuing their quest to become the world's coolest sister-in-law trio (well, almost sister-in-law in the engaged Turner's case). Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra, Sophie Turner, and Danielle Jonas Had a Triple Date Night," 6 Apr. 2019 Assume a high plank with your hands directly under your shoulders, legs extended, your toes flexed, and glutes and core engaged. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Core and Upper Body With This 5-Move TRX Circuit From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 4 Apr. 2019 Other people in your life are going to be much more talkative and mentally engaged with you. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What April’s Libra Horoscope Means for You," 31 Mar. 2019 Kim and Kanye then got engaged and tied the knot, and the rest is history. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "How Well Do You Know Kim Kardashian's Love Life?," 26 Feb. 2019 But seeing a youth turn from anxious, depressed and withdrawn from their life to happy, engaged and truly living life. Lisa Deaderick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Supporting transgender and non-binary youth and their families," 22 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of engaged

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of engaged was in 1629

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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 How to pronounce engaged (audio) \

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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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