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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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 Through actions like this, leaders can create a culture of transparency that can be a big factor in helping people feel engaged, enabled, and energized to give their all. Adrian Gostick, Forbes, "Smart Leaders Say They Are Taking This Lesson Away From The Pandemic," 17 Mar. 2021 Such needs can be seen and addressed only by attentive, engaged locals, whether new or old—those who have chosen to be rooted. Grace Olmstead, WSJ, "Small-Town Natives Are Moving Back Home," 13 Mar. 2021 Teachers see questions as a sign of an engaged, conscientious, and curious student. Brian Platzer, The Atlantic, "Don’t Help Your Kids With Homework," 2 Mar. 2021 But today’s fan clubs are more engaged, and more powerful. Billboard, "From Beatlemania To Beliebers: The Business Of Fan Clubs In The Superfan Era," 24 Feb. 2021 Social media, for instance, monetizes the urgency of wanting, and there are economic incentives for keeping us engaged, unhappy, seeking, convinced there’s something more to consume, something better to do, learn or buy. New York Times, "The Rise of the Wellness App," 17 Feb. 2021 But a more engaged, if less bombastic, U.S. president also brings a different dynamic. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "‘Divorce is not an option’: U.S., Mexico reset relations in post-Trump era, even as AMLO pokes at Biden," 29 Jan. 2021 Ultimately this translated into both a fitter, leaner me and a more expansive, engaged person. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "If you added some pandemic pounds in 2020, try setting goals and changing habits in 2021," 2 Jan. 2021 Workplaces that embedded humor in their culture said employees were 16% more likely to stay at their jobs, feel engaged and experience satisfaction. S. Mitra Kalita, Fortune, "Humor may be the surprising key to rebuilding trust—and reconnecting with coworkers again," 31 Mar. 2021

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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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15 Apr 2021

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“Engaged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engaged. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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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