en·​gag·​ing in-ˈgā-jiŋ How to pronounce engaging (audio)
: tending to draw favorable attention or interest : attractive
an engaging smile
engagingly 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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Word History

First Known Use

1673, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of engaging was in 1673

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“Engaging.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engaging. Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


: having a very pleasing appearance or manner : attractive
engagingly adverb

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