engagement

noun

en·​gage·​ment in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio)
en-
1
a
: 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
3
a
: the act of engaging : the state of being engaged
b
: emotional involvement or commitment
seesaws between obsessive engagement and ambiguous detachmentGary Taylor
c
4
: the state of being in gear
5
: a hostile encounter between military forces

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
Recent Examples on the Web See the Best Photos of the Duke and Duchess of Westminster's Wedding Hugh and Olivia announced their engagement in April 2023 and wed at Chester Cathedral, choosing the Gothic church as their wedding venue for its beauty and long association with the groom's family. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 8 June 2024 In addition, toys that play music promote engagement and learning at this age. Ashley Ziegler, Parents, 8 June 2024 Ornish had previously developed the program to address heart disease risk and showed that the combination of improved diet, exercise, stress reduction, and social engagement could significantly lower the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease. Alice Park, TIME, 7 June 2024 That balance between engagement and abandonment in favor of the new aligns with his resistance to nostalgia: Look back, but stay detached. Nicole Acheampong, New York Times, 7 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for engagement 

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of engagement was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Engagement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engagement. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

engagement

noun
en·​gage·​ment in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio)
1
a
: a promise to be present at a specified place and time
b
: employment especially for a stated time
the band had engagements in different towns
2
3
a
: the act of engaging : the state of being engaged
b
: an agreement to marry
also : the period during which one is pledged to be married
4
: the state of being meshed into a working arrangement in which one part drives another
5
: the state of being in conflict, opposition, or battle

Medical Definition

engagement

noun
en·​gage·​ment in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio)
: the phase of childbirth in which the fetal head passes into the cavity of the true pelvis

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