engagement

noun
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

Synonyms

betrothal, espousal, troth

Antonyms

disengagement

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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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Good core engagement will also protect your shoulders, says Lawson. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Work Your Core and Upper Body With This 5-Move TRX Circuit From Celebrity Trainer Jeanette Jenkins," 4 Apr. 2019 Frogmore Cottage is a ten-bedroom royal residence on the same grounds as Frogmore House, which is where Meghan and Harry hosted their wedding reception and took their engagement portraits. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Officially Move to Frogmore Cottage in Windsor," 4 Apr. 2019 During this morning's engagement, Kate Middleton combined two causes close to her heart: the environment, and early childhood care. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wears a Casual-Chic Look to Visit with U.K. Scouts," 28 Mar. 2019 This testing showed that the system, which engages in 10-second bursts with a resting time of five seconds between engagements, could doom a plane if allowed to proceed unabated as few as three times in a row, a 40-second span. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Lion Air Pilots Had Less Than a Minute to Avert Fatal Crash," 27 Mar. 2019 That’s not all—their elusive engagement and winter wedding also made the cut. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "What to Know About Christina El Moussa's New Show 'Christina on the Coast'," 24 Mar. 2019 Recently, both engagement and cheating rumors have been circulating. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About All of Kylie Jenner's Ex-Boyfriends," 20 Mar. 2019 Rodriguez also took to his Instagram Story to share sentiments about soulmates before making the big engagement announcement. Jamie Cuccinelli, Allure, "Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez Are Engaged and Her Ring Is Massive," 10 Mar. 2019 After a week of intense speculation, the couple finally announces their engagement on November 27. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Love Story: A Timeline," 22 Mar. 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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engagement

noun

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

engagement

noun
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

engagement

noun
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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