engagement

noun

en·​gage·​ment in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio)
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1
a
: 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
3
a
: the act of engaging : the state of being engaged
b
: emotional involvement or commitment
seesaws between obsessive engagement and ambiguous detachment Gary Taylor
c
4
: the state of being in gear
5
: a hostile encounter between military forces

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web Prior to our engagement, 27 years ago, there was communication and the exchange of gifts with our exes. Annie Lane, cleveland, 27 Nov. 2022 The next day, Chopra paid tribute to her husband on the second anniversary of their engagement. Savannah Walsh, ELLE, 26 Nov. 2022 The announcement of the newest addition to the family came two months after the couple married in Hawaii following their initial engagement in September 2020. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 25 Nov. 2022 The couple, who both played the lead role in the Tony award-winning musical on Broadway, announced their engagement on Instagram on Friday. Emlyn Travis, EW.com, 25 Nov. 2022 Their engagement is crucial to keeping the project going, since it's funded entirely by Patreon subscribers. WIRED, 24 Nov. 2022 Rexha, on the other hand, really benefits by having a new hit that can bring her new social engagement, awards show slots and the like. Katie Atkinson, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2022 His engagement with politics and the past is further kindled by a bold new student, the attractive Maysaa’ (Sereen Khass), who invites him to a demonstration and involves him in other acts of peaceful resistance. Alissa Simon, Variety, 22 Nov. 2022 Margaret announces the end of her engagement with Townsend. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of engagement was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Engagement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engagement. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

engagement

noun

en·​gage·​ment in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio)
1
a
: a promise to be present at a specified place and time
b
: employment especially for a stated time
the band had engagements in different towns
2
3
a
: the act of engaging : the state of being engaged
b
: an agreement to marry
also : the period during which one is pledged to be married
4
: the state of being meshed into a working arrangement in which one part drives another
5
: the state of being in conflict, opposition, or battle

Medical Definition

engagement

noun

en·​gage·​ment in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio)
: the phase of childbirth in which the fetal head passes into the cavity of the true pelvis

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