en·​gag·​ing | \in-ˈgā-jiŋ, 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 , 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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They are frustrated with the status quo and hungry to create more engaging local content that better reflects people’s lives. Rachel Gandin Mark, The Hollywood Reporter, "Can Netflix Transform the Television Landscape in the Middle East?," 27 June 2018 The silliness culminates in an extended scene on Mount Olympus, the least engaging part of Beane’s writing, which drags down the last minutes some. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "'Xanadu' glitters with goofiness at the Garden," 7 July 2018 The Kona has two driving modes, Normal and Sport; selecting the latter alters shift mapping, throttle response, and steering effort—but not ratio—for a more engaging experience. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "2018 Hyundai Kona," 26 Mar. 2018 On foot Walking still rules for exploring Santa Barbara’s two most engaging neighborhoods. Peter Fish, SFChronicle.com, "Wandering Santa Barbara’s wonders more carefree when you’re car-free," 15 June 2018 Experience Italy through photographs, explanations and stories portrayed in a lively and engaging manner. Courant Community, "Community News For The Valley Edition," 10 July 2018 The Oscar-winning movie (2002) has a clear and engaging story line but never captures the dynamic charm of the musical’s many dance scenes, on full display in the electric revival now running at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman. Hugh Hunter, Philly.com, "'Chicago' at Broadway Theatre of Pitman: Lots of talent, entertainment," 8 July 2018 Vital, among the most engaging and articulate UConn basketball players, always has a lot to say, both in conversation and body language. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: Christian Vital's Fire Can Fuel Or Burn UConn," 17 June 2018 Students need freedom to find the best way to learn and grow … to find the exciting and engaging combination that unlocks individual potential. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Betsy DeVos goes to Switzerland and bashes U.S. public schools," 7 June 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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