en·​gag·​ing | \ in-ˈgā-jiŋ How to pronounce engaging (audio) , en-\

Definition of engaging

: tending to draw favorable attention or interest : attractive an engaging smile

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Other Words from engaging

engagingly \ in-​ˈgā-​jiŋ-​lē How to pronounce engagingly (audio) , en-​ \ adverb

Examples of engaging in a Sentence

movie stars often have an engaging aura that is hard to describe a movie with an engaging story that will hold your interest for a couple of hours

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The drive-by-wire steering and transmission paired with the VC-Turbo engine and multiple driving modes make for an engaging vehicle that is fun to drive and handles nicely. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 Tackle Thailand with Kids Robyn Mark of Mayamaya Travel specializes in truly engaging experiences for families—without overdoing it. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Our Go-To Tours Through Southeast Asia," 13 Nov. 2018 At 28 months, Alexa was intelligent and engaging, but her vocabulary was limited to Spanish words for colors, some numbers and her favorite foods. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, The Seattle Times, "Deported parents may lose their kids to adoption," 9 Oct. 2018 Then again, the Honda Accord has all that, too, and is more engaging to drive. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Jetta review: A quintessentially American Volkswagen," 4 Oct. 2018 All of which makes her a surprisingly engaging character. Sarah Dunant, New York Times, "Who Was Vittoria Colonna? Just One of Italy’s Great Poets...," 1 June 2018 Croft continues to be an engaging character, and the players' emotional connection is key not only to the narrative, but to the gameplay, as keeping the character alive in such precarious situation is of paramount concern. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Shadow of the Tomb Raider' Is Peak Lara Croft," 27 Apr. 2018 But the result is a surprisingly engaging, remarkably well-written mediation on the different, less-celebrated ways to grieve. Pilot Viruet, The Verge, "The 12 best overlooked TV shows of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 In December 2017, Epic released the game’s second season and debuted the battle pass, a series of challenges and item unlocks that proved much more appealing and engaging than just buying in-game items with cash. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of engaging

1673, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of engaging

: very attractive or pleasing in a way that holds your attention


en·​gag·​ing | \ in-ˈgā-jiŋ\

Kids Definition of engaging

: attractive or interesting an engaging story an engaging smile

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to boil down or concentrate

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