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 engaging (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
Recent Examples on the Web Their facades and relationship to the street are shaped to make walking the city more interesting, with engaging entrances, big windows and street-side shops, eateries and other eye-drawing features. The Salt Lake Tribune, "It’s high time for Salt Lake City. Here’s how the skyline will rise in 2021.," 17 Jan. 2021 Presenting that narrative in as accessible, engaging and meaningful a way as the music does itself is a greater challenge still. Barry Mazor, WSJ, "400 Years of Music, One Destination," 16 Jan. 2021 The evocative show is wonderfully crafted, with engaging scripts, gorgeous costumes and sets and a strong supporting cast. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 15 best TV shows of 2020: From ‘Queen’s Gambit’ to ‘Schitt’s Creek’ to ‘The Great’," 29 Dec. 2020 This is an engaging, thoughtful, and provocative book by a master storyteller. Terry W. Hartle, The Christian Science Monitor, "Remember ‘My Dinner with Andre’? He has more wisdom to bestow.," 18 Dec. 2020 The Times’ annual gift guide includes this curated list of the most engaging, funniest and most urgent work of the year. Donna Wares, Los Angeles Times, "Book Club: Writings on a hidden America," 5 Dec. 2020 Joe does find his way back to Earth, with 22 in tow, and their Earth adventures are far more engaging than their escapades in the Great Before. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Pixar's Soul Ponders Big Metaphysical Questions, But It’s Best When It Comes Down to Earth," 25 Dec. 2020 Research has shown that when people do something together, shared emotions are amplified, making the activity feel more intense and engaging. Dan Ariely, WSJ, "Having Fun Together While Social Distancing," 25 Dec. 2020 The instructors are some of the most motivating and skilled in the industry, delivering quality workout programming that's engaging and efficient. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About the New Peloton Bike+, According to Our Fitness Experts," 14 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of engaging

1673, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of engaging was in 1673

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23 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Engaging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engaging. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce engaging (audio)

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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