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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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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Recent Examples on the Web

Prince Harry has had an extremely busy week, comprised of several secret engagements. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Just Held Secret Engagements in Windsor and London," 14 June 2019 Molly Higgins, the Rams’ vice president of community affairs and engagement, said schools throughout the Southland are eligible to apply for the program. Gary Klein, latimes.com, "Rams rookies pitch in for community project at East Los Angeles school," 14 June 2019 Internal programs have been introduced in the last year that have increased employee engagement, communication, recognition and more, resulting in a more energized and supportive workplace environment. Leigh Farr, azcentral, "Small Company Rankings," 13 June 2019 But in the digital world, when every click, view, interaction, engagement, and purchase is recorded, collected, shared, and analyzed through the AI behemoth, can algorithms recognize a mistake and understand remorse? Darren Shou, WIRED, "The Next Big Privacy Hurdle? Teaching AI to Forget," 12 June 2019 With the Trooping the Colour celebration behind them, Prince William and Kate Middleton are off to Cumbria for a day of royal engagements. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Stepped Out in a Chic Jacket and Boots Combination For Her Trip to Cumbria," 11 June 2019 That ocean is not governed by any traditional knowledge structures; users are instead navigated by for-profit companies that seek to maximize engagement, no matter the cost. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Who Owns the Crusades?," 11 June 2019 In fact, the solution to better communication across companies is a mix of culture, engagement, and technology. Gwen Moran, Fortune, "Better Communication Tools Can Radically Improve Workplaces—If Managers Can Convince Workers to Speak Up," 8 June 2019 Through the weekly episodes, live events and social media engagement, the duo has developed a thriving community. Alamin Yohannes, NBC News, "#Pride50: Bowen Yang — 'Saturday Night Live' writer," 3 June 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 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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