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
4 : the state of being in gear
5 : a hostile encounter between military forces
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
First Known Use of engagement
ENGAGEMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of engagement for English Language Learners
: 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
ENGAGEMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of engagement for Students
1 : the act of becoming engaged to be married : the state of being engaged to be married <They announced their engagement.>
2 : employment 3 <He was offered several speaking engagements.>
3 : appointment 1 <It was Saturday and she had an important engagement. — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game>
4 : a fight between armed forces : battle
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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