engaged

adjective en·gaged \ in-ˈgājd , en- \
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

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

Examples of engaged in a Sentence

  1. the engaged couple make a charming pair

  2. I'm engaged right now, so call back some other time.

Recent Examples of engaged from the Web

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First Known Use of engaged

1629

engaged Synonyms

Synonyms
affianced, bespoke (also bespoken) [dialect], betrothed, promised [chiefly dialect]
Antonyms
unattached
Related Words
committed
Near Antonyms
free; asleep, dormant, latent, lifeless, quiescent, sleepy; inert, passive; dead, dull, slow; inoperative, nonoperating


ENGAGED Defined for English Language Learners

engaged

adjective

Definition of engaged for English Language Learners

  • : promised to be married

  • : busy with some activity

  • of a telephone or telephone line : being used


ENGAGED Defined for Kids

engaged

adjective en·gaged \ in-ˈgājd \

Definition of engaged for Students

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


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