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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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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After dating for only four months, the couple got engaged and took to Instagram to share the news with the world. Julius Young, Fox News, "Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson aren't alone: Celebrity couples that got engaged quickly," 10 July 2018 He and Grande got engaged after just a few weeks of dating. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Ariana Grande's Birthday Featured So Many Cakes and Tributes From Pete Davidson," 26 June 2018 For the past few months, rumors have been swirling about Prince Harry possibly getting engaged to his girlfriend, Suits star Meghan Markle. Morgan Evans, Redbook, "9 Things You Didn't Know About Marrying a British Royal," 11 Apr. 2017 Born October 22, 1941, Aaron was an active and engaged member of the Bristol community, as former President of Pepsi-Cola/Elco Beverage Bottling Company and through many civic and professional organizations. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "Aaron P. Silver," 12 July 2018 But that wouldn’t do much to ensure the person behind the Page is actually, say, an engaged American citizen spreading awareness about an election, and not a troll sitting in St. Petersburg posing as one. Issie Lapowsky And Louise Matsakis, WIRED, "You Can Now See All the Ads Facebook Is Running Globally," 28 June 2018 Among African-American Democrats, 69 percent feel engaged with Black Lives Matter, and 59 percent with the debate over the future of health care. Emma Barnett, NBC News, "Dem poll: Democratic voters more engaged by issues than opposition to Trump," 27 June 2018 Wilson would eventually find love again and got engaged to a woman named Megan. Andrew Keiper, Fox News, "Pennsylvania man finds hope after years of addiction and despair," 24 June 2018 This stocky child-woman is neither wholly defined nor emotionally engaged. Sidney Lawrence, WSJ, "A Muse Embedded in Mystery," 22 June 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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something that serves to warn or remind

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