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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for engaged



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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 French Defense Minister Florence Parly made a public plea for the United States to remain engaged in Africa. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Esper warns of tough decisions in Pentagon budget due out next month," 28 Jan. 2020 Lindsay went on to become the first black Bachelorette and got engaged to her final pick, Abasolo, on the finale of her season in 2017. Aurelie Corinthios, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Says She and Vanessa Grimaldi Are Done Feuding: 'Time Had to Pass'," 26 Nov. 2019 Despite his corporate work, Patrick has remained engaged in Democratic politics and helped campaign nationwide for congressional and gubernatorial candidates. Major Garrett, CBS News, "Deval Patrick announces he is running for president," 14 Nov. 2019 Since then, there's been some speculation that the pair might have gotten engaged, but nothing has been confirmed. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Ashley Benson's Tiny New Tattoo Might Be a Tribute to Cara Delevingne," 10 Aug. 2019 My team will remain responsive to constituents and stay engaged with our everyday responsibilities as well as prepare to set the next Council member up for success. oregonlive, "Portland Commissioner Nick Fish to resign," 31 Dec. 2019 Tools to help employees find work-life balance, stay engaged over a long career and navigate workplace conundrums. Washington Post, "Washington Post paperback bestsellers," 18 Dec. 2019 On a political level, US President Donald Trump has been little engaged on African issues during his tenure, part of a broader retreat from America's international involvement. Mary Ilyushina And David Mckenzie, CNN, "Putin just took a victory lap in the Middle East. Now he's turning to Africa," 25 Oct. 2019 LAND Studio and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, which have pledged to stay engaged, need to persuade their funders to join them. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Shaker Square plan offers bold solutions, but real work has only begun — Steven Litt," 7 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'engaged.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of engaged

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about engaged

Time Traveler for engaged

Time Traveler

The first known use of engaged was in 1629

See more words from the same year

Statistics for engaged

Last Updated

12 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Engaged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engaged. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for engaged


How to pronounce engaged (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on engaged

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for engaged

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with engaged

Spanish Central: Translation of engaged

Nglish: Translation of engaged for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of engaged for Arabic Speakers

Comments on engaged

What made you want to look up engaged? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!