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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Sources add that there are also two private engagements possibly on the itinerary for the Duchess, with details to be announced closer to the time. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Archie Will Make an Appearance on Prince Harry & Duchess Meghan's Tour of Africa," 7 Sep. 2019 Making a return engagement are Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Abigail Breslin, and (yes!) Bill Murray. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Fall movies 2019: Dozens of titles coming soon to theaters," 6 Sep. 2019 Per Sky News, several of Prince Andrew's upcoming public engagements in Northern Ireland were cancelled this week, with organizers of the events citing the Epstein scandal as the reason why. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Andrew Turns Off Comments on Instagram Amid Fall Out Over His Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein," 4 Sep. 2019 But despite the danger, the CIA considered that extreme altitude essential as it was considered high enough to avoid engagement from Soviet fighters or surface-to-air missiles, and may even be high enough to avoid radar detection altogether. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U-2 Is Such a Badass Plane," 4 Sep. 2019 Criteria will include artistic excellence, originality, and experience with public engagement. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego seeks first poet laureate," 29 Aug. 2019 Pfost has experienced more public engagement than many city employees. Daily Pilot, "Greg Pfost, Laguna’s community development director, announces retirement amid department overhaul," 29 Aug. 2019 Well, Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez seemed to enjoy it, so that's some high-quality engagement right off the bat IRL. SI.com, "LMAO: The Best Memes & Funnies From Around European Football This Gameweek," 27 Aug. 2019 But Mr Rouhani would have to overcome objections from the supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, and the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, who oppose engagement with America. The Economist, "Donald Trump and Hassan Rouhani talk about talking to each other," 26 Aug. 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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