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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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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The two became engaged during the last season of Real Housewives of Atlanta. Sydney Scott, Essence, "Porsha Williams Opens Up About Fiancé Amid Cheating Rumors: There's Nothing 'I’m Trying To Hide'," 14 June 2019 The two eventually became engaged and planned their August 2016 wedding. Kate Thayer, chicagotribune.com, "Finding hope after tragedy: Wife's stroke left dad with newborn triplets a year ago," 12 June 2019 One person said the break with Aurora was not contentious, describing it in terms of how a person might date many people but then become engaged to only one. Patrick Mcgee, latimes.com, "VW dumps self-driving start-up Aurora and turns to Ford’s Argo AI," 11 June 2019 In July 2018, it was reported that Jonas and Chopra became engaged after two months of dating. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Is How Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Reportedly Feel About Their 10-Year Age Difference," 10 June 2019 Stand with feet shoulder width apart, core engaged, holding a dumbbell in each hand. SELF, "Final Strength Push, Plus 4-Minute Finisher," 28 Apr. 2019 In this week's episode of Go To Bed With Me, the engaged couple opens up their medicine cabinet and walk us through their nightly beauty routines. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Cara Santana & Jesse Metcalfe's Nightly Skincare Routine," 9 May 2019 Holding a dumbbell in each hand, stand with feet hip-width apart, and core engaged. SELF, "Final Strength Push, Plus 4-Minute Finisher," 28 Apr. 2019 Following a May 2018 social media post that had Bella sporting a large ring, some fans speculated that the two had gotten engaged. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Bella Thorne and Mod Sun Have Broken Up," 16 Apr. 2019

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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
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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