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


employ, employment, hire


joblessness, nonemployment, unemployment

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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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The engagement By junior year, the couple had been through a lot together, some wonderful, some challenging. Philly.com, "Philadelphia weddings: Moriah Benjoseph and Ben Nassau," 13 July 2018 In the eyes of her fans, Bieber’s engagement was a reason to celebrate. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Why Be Engaged When You Can Be An Ex?," 13 July 2018 More importantly, the engagement with my friends was really awesome to see. Becca Kufrin, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelorette Becca Kufrin on That 'Embarrassing' Group Date — and Falling for One 'Standup Man'," 9 July 2018 Justin Bieber’s engagement to Hailey Baldwin is definitely surprising, considering the two have been canoodling only since mid-June. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "A Comprehensive Timeline Of Hailey Baldwin and Justin Bieber’s Relationship," 9 July 2018 In June, rumors swirled that the new couple were getting really serious and an engagement could be in their near future. Eileen Reslen, House Beautiful, "Christina El Moussa's Boyfriend Posts Heartfelt Love Letter In Honor Of Her Birthday Today," 9 July 2018 The military's engagement with flying saucers isn't just conspiratorial. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "70 Years and Counting, the UFO Phenomenon Is as Mysterious As Ever," 2 July 2018 And user engagement is currently a significant problem for Snap (snap, -1.38%). David Meyer, Fortune, "Snapchat Is Reportedly Planning to Follow WeChat by Launching an In-App Gaming Platform," 28 June 2018 This engagement is part of a strategy to prevent cybercriminals from hacking into the network of a small or medium-sized company then using that breach as an opportunity to attack larger organizations. Jeff Stone, WSJ, "Cyber Initiative Aims to Translate Fortune 500 Security Lessons for Smaller Firms," 25 June 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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