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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As a refresher, Cooper and Shayk first struck up dating rumors in 2015, and engagement rumors followed at the end of 2016. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk Make a Rare Red Carpet Appearance for the 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 January 2017: Hadid sparks engagement rumors when she's spotted wearing a ring on that finger. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik's Relationship: A Complete Timeline," 3 Jan. 2019 Amidst engagement rumors and baby gossip, Gwen Stefani is setting the record straight about her relationship with Blake Shelton. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Blake Shelton's Girlfriend Gwen Stefani Responds to Engagement Rumors," 18 Dec. 2018 Facebook may have reached more people — 126 million people compared to Instagram’s estimated 20 million — but advertisers will tell you that engagement matters a lot. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram posts from Russian meddlers played a much bigger role in the 2016 election than we thought," 17 Dec. 2018 There’s a wonderful kind of pink, peach coral lip color that Astrid wears at the end of the movie, in the engagement party scene. Jessica Chia, Allure, "Crazy Rich Asians' Gemma Chan On Her Very British Beauty Routine," 20 Sep. 2018 Nick and Priyanka apparently sealed the deal with matching gold rings, which they were spotted wearing in July 2018 — but Nick took it to a whole new level prior to the couple’s romantic engagement in London. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra's Best Moments of 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 As founders are becoming the face and voice of their brands, customers expect transparency from and engagement with them. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The biggest beauty trend in 2018? Makeup brands behaving badly," 18 Dec. 2018 Of course, Ari has has a tough several months, dealing with the Manchester attack, the death of her ex Mac Miller, and a broken engagement. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Ariana Grande Got Super Emotional in Her First Speech Post Split with Pete Davidson," 7 Dec. 2018

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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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