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
4 : the state of being in gear
5 : a hostile encounter between military forces

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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 As part of its work, that group used various forms of user engagement (likes, comments, emoji reactions) as an indicator of outbreaks of misinformation. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The Facebook Defectors Turning Trump’s Strategy Against Him," 15 Sep. 2020 China has long demanded that countries not recognize Taiwan diplomatically, while largely ignoring, or at least tolerating, lower-level engagement with the island. James Griffiths, CNN, "Taiwan appears determined to create an anti-Beijing alliance as Chinese state media warns of potential sanctions against US," 9 Sep. 2020 This will involve considerable community engagement, outreach and transparency on the science, especially given the distrust of vaccines in some segments of society—apparently now including the Democratic presidential ticket. Marc Siegel, WSJ, "Dad, Please Get a Covid Shot," 7 Sep. 2020 The coalition, which will include players, governors, and coaches, will promote civic engagement, advance criminal justice reform, and improve voting access (namely, by converting some arenas into polling locations for the November election). G'ra Asim, The New Republic, "The NBA Strike and the Limits of the Left’s Class-Centric Politics," 29 Aug. 2020 The first two phases of an engagement (planning and fieldwork) are extremely difficult to do in the midst of a global pandemic and therefore could be delayed even further. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "With pandemic in progress, calls continue for performance audit in Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District," 25 Aug. 2020 But with the growing number of deaths attended to by hospice caregivers, there’s more engagement than in the past. Star Tribune, "University of Minnesota's Michael LuBrant pivots to teach death rituals to mortuary science students in COVID world," 21 Aug. 2020 The psychologically rich life is full of complex mental engagement, a wide range of intense and deep emotions, and diverse, novel, surprising and interesting experiences. Scott Barry Kaufman, Scientific American, "In Defense of the Psychologically Rich Life," 18 Aug. 2020 The report details that officers for the first two days of protests did not have clear rules of engagement, which are guidelines for police on when to make arrests. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Dallas mayor has ‘deep concerns’ about planning lapses, miscommunication noted in DPD protest report," 16 Aug. 2020

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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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18 Sep 2020

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“Engagement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engagement. Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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