en·​gage·​ment | \ in-ˈgāj-mənt , 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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Synonyms & Antonyms for engagement


betrothal, espousal, troth



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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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Penelope’s reaction to Victor’s engagement is also realistic. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Justina Machado Is One of the Most Dynamic Actresses on TV," 8 Feb. 2019 The couple has kept a busy engagement schedule ahead of the birth. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Meghan Markle May Be Taking an Alternative Approach to Childbirth," 5 Feb. 2019 Gonzalez’s staff of 27 are stationed around the country and are part of ICE’s community engagement office with a budget of $3.9 million. Colleen Long, The Seattle Times, "Trump immigrant crime hotline still faces hurdles, pushback," 5 Feb. 2019 See the full look here: During this morning's engagement, Meghan will meet with students and academics from the Association of Commonwealth Universities' 500 member institutions. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Black Givenchy Coat to the Association of Commonwealth Universities," 31 Jan. 2019 As Borden mentioned, the box squat has several big benefits, including total-body strengthening and a focus on core engagement. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How to Strengthen Your Core and Lower Body With Box Squats Like Rumer Willis," 24 Jan. 2019 Throughout the past year, cities installed pedestrian and cycling networks, planted trees and greenery, worked to improve public transit, and rezoned for diverse land uses to provide opportunities for physical activity and civic engagement. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How cities became more equitable in 2018," 26 Dec. 2018 Still, members of this generation are acutely aware that this level of engagement isn’t always sustainable. Christopher Mims, WSJ, "Generation Z’s 7 Lessons for Surviving in Our Tech-Obsessed World," 26 Jan. 2019 The engagement announcement isn't the first time Chris has given fans an inside glimpse of his relationship through social media. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Know About Katherine Schwarzenegger's Engagement Ring From Chris Pratt," 14 Jan. 2019

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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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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 \

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 \

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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excited commotion or publicity

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