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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Together these objects relate the complex history of an art whose development forms one of the most engaging chapters in the history of French ceramics. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Masterpieces of French Faience: Selections From the Sidney R. Knafel Collection’ Review: Not Dishwasher Safe," 1 Jan. 2019 Solid but not astounding While Starlink is one of the most engaging toys-to-life systems thus far, the underlying game is more of a mixed bag. Daniel Starkey, Ars Technica, "Starlink: Battle for Atlas review: Cool toys, solid spacefaring," 16 Oct. 2018 Ince has wooed crowds with an unexpectedly engaging campaign, drawing massive number at his rallies in Turkey's three main cities of Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir. Suzan Fraser, chicagotribune.com, "Erdogan seeks to cement power in Turkey's high-stakes votes," 24 June 2018 Watching Carol, Talos, and Maria play off of each other in Maria’s Louisiana home offers some of the most engaging moments of the film. Kendra James, Harper's BAZAAR, "Captain Marvel Can't Get By on Girl Power Alone," 9 Mar. 2019 Many of Fall 2019’s most engaging shows—i.e., the ones with the most energy IRL, or for those of us watching virtually, the most clicks—had one thing in common: atmosphere. Emily Farra, Vogue, "A Rare Interview With Thierry Dreyfus, the Lighting and Runway Designer Behind Some of Fall’s Biggest Shows," 15 Mar. 2019 His aggressive style is crowd-pleasing -- watch him on restarts Saturday evening -- and complements an engaging personality who interacts well with fans, media and sponsors DHL, Butterball (who features him in a TV commercial) and Honda. Michael Knight, azcentral, "IndyCar struggling to make new generation of drivers household names like the icons of old," 1 Apr. 2018 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

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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 move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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