en·​gaged | \ in-ˈgājd, 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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For some politically engaged black and brown young people who spoke with Teen Vogue, the chaos of the election cycle brought about a storm of frustrations for a number of reasons. Clarissa Brooks, Teen Vogue, "Nonvoters Have Valid Criticisms of the United States Government," 16 Nov. 2018 Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's relationship has been a bit of a whirlwind: The two were only publicly dating for a few weeks before getting engaged in June. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "A Brief Investigation Into Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson's Coupled-Up Tattoos," 22 Sep. 2018 In late July, reports broke that Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra had gotten engaged in London. Vogue, "All the Celebrities Who Got Engaged in Summer 2018," 7 Aug. 2018 Lea Michele The former Glee actress's mom threw the engaged lady a bridal shower. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Here's How Celebrities Celebrated Christmas 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 Proper lighting in workspaces are crucial to keep engaged in your work without distracting you or straining your eyes. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "This Is How Some Of The World's Most Productive Offices Are Designed," 18 Sep. 2018 There's no word yet on when the two might go from engaged to married — there's barely word on them being engaged — but there's no doubt the wedding guest list will be incredible. Marci Robin, Allure, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Reportedly Engaged After 2 Months of Dating," 27 July 2018 Despite their front-row seat to the immigration conflict, the Harlingen churchgoers, who are predominantly white, seem no more engaged with the political debate over the border than anyone else in the United States. David Yaffe-bellany, star-telegram, "Next to shelter, church's congregation defends family separations," 3 July 2018 Two of the ornaments are stamped with the year, making them a commemorative present for couples who have just gotten engaged, married, or welcomed a baby. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Turned Her Farmhouse Into the Christmas Ornament Every 'Fixer Upper' Fan Needs," 26 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of engaged

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of engaged

: promised to be married

: busy with some activity

of a telephone or telephone line : being used


en·​gaged | \ in-ˈgājd \

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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tremendous in size, volume, or degree

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