en·​gage·​ment | \ in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio) , en- \

Definition of engagement

1a : an arrangement to meet or be present at a specified time and place a dinner engagement
b : a job or period of employment especially as a performer
2 : something that engages : pledge
3a : the act of engaging : the state of being engaged
b : emotional involvement or commitment seesaws between obsessive engagement and ambiguous detachment— Gary Taylor
c : betrothal
4 : the state of being in gear
5 : a hostile encounter between military forces

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Examples of engagement in a Sentence

The couple recently announced their engagement. She surprised everyone by breaking off her yearlong engagement. We have a dinner engagement this weekend. She's been offered several speaking engagements. his lifelong engagement with politics a lack of emotional engagement
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Recent Examples on the Web When the couple announced their engagement over the weekend, Spencer had commented that Spears should make sure Asghari signs a prenuptial agreement. Marianne Garvey, CNN, 15 Sep. 2021 Spears and Asghari, announced their engagement on social media over the weekend. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 14 Sep. 2021 Britney Spears had a lot to celebrate over the weekend as the pop star announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari. Andrea Towers, EW.com, 13 Sep. 2021 On September 12, the couple announced their engagement—several days after Spears’s father, Jamie, filed a petition to end her conservatorship. Carrie Wittmer, Glamour, 13 Sep. 2021 Britney Spears announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari on Instagram. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 12 Sep. 2021 The superstar announced her engagement on Instagram today, flashing her ring alongside her fiancé, personal trainer Sam Asghari. Vogue, 12 Sep. 2021 Spears and Asghari announced their engagement on Instagram on Sunday after more than four years of dating. Daniela Avila, PEOPLE.com, 12 Sep. 2021 The couple, who met in 2016, announced their engagement last September. Essence, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of engagement

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of engagement was in 1601

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19 Sep 2021

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“Engagement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engagement. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of engagement

: an agreement to be married : the act of becoming engaged or the state of being engaged to be married
: a promise to meet or be present at a particular place and time
: a job as a performer


en·​gage·​ment | \ in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio) \

Kids Definition of engagement

1 : the act of becoming engaged to be married : the state of being engaged to be married They announced their engagement.
2 : employment sense 3 He was offered several speaking engagements.
3 : appointment sense 1 It was Saturday and she had an important engagement.— Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game
4 : a fight between armed forces : battle


en·​gage·​ment | \ in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio) \

Medical Definition of engagement

: the phase of childbirth in which the fetal head passes into the cavity of the true pelvis

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