en·​gaged in-ˈgājd How to pronounce engaged (audio)
: involved in activity : occupied, busy
: pledged to be married : betrothed
: greatly interested : committed
: involved especially in a hostile encounter
: partly embedded in a wall
an engaged column
: being in gear : meshed

Examples of engaged in a Sentence

the engaged couple make a charming pair I'm engaged right now, so call back some other time.
Recent Examples on the Web Doing meaningful work and having a fair, engaged manager were also very popular. Paige McGlauflin, Fortune, 17 Nov. 2023 Working through archive material and spending time with creations of people who came before me is like an engaged spiritual practice. Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Organizations can inspire their workforces to become more engaged, productive and motivated by giving their employees incentives to engage with digital adoption platforms, collaboration tools and online learning modules. Khadim Batti, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 That’s why experts have suggested finding ways to limit the scroll and stay engaged with others to improve mental health—from prioritizing in-person hobbies and setting screen time limits, to putting the phone in another room and quitting social media completely. Alexa Mikhail, Fortune Well, 8 Nov. 2023 The couple began dating in summer 2021 and became engaged in May 2022. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 2 Nov. 2023 In Fairfax, student activists in K-12 schools sought to make their voices heard, too, as a generation of politically engaged teens organized walkouts across the county. Karina Elwood, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2023 So Barrera said there can be significant consequences when rating websites steer these engaged and resourced families away from schools in neighborhoods that are already under-resourced. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2023 The kestrel’s keepers wanted to keep him engaged with the public after his injury. Cathy Free, Washington Post, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of engaged was in 1629

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“Engaged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engaged. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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en·​gaged in-ˈgājd How to pronounce engaged (audio)
: being occupied with some activity
they were engaged in conversation
: pledged to be married : betrothed
an engaged couple

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