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
Recent Examples on the Web The crowd at The Arch is exactly what the IOC has in mind: mostly young professionals letting off steam after work, who see climbing as a more engaging and sociable alternative to pounding treadmills or pumping iron in a gym. The Economist, "New Olympic sports adjust to the limelight," 31 Dec. 2019 See the full list of Chartbeat's most engaging stories of 2019. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "Mitch McConnell being 'mean as a snake' was one of the most engaging stories of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 On Thursday evening, everything was elevated: the exchanges were more intense and substantive, the candidates were more engaged and engaging, and the performances were simply in a different league. James Pindell, BostonGlobe.com, "Scorecard: How the Democrats did in their second debate," 28 June 2019 Is there any visual in the new Star Wars sequels as arresting as Prince Robot IV (the most engaging antihero since Prince Zuko) and his royal family, with their TV screens for heads? Christian Holub, EW.com, "The best comics of the decade," 21 Nov. 2019 Yet Reed has rarely sounded better, in the company of an empathetic band that doesn’t overplay while teasing out some of the singer’s most engaging melodies. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, "Lou Reed reconsidered: Did self-sabotage obscure some of his best music?," 1 Oct. 2019 The highly engaging checkology virtual classroom incorporates many of the best practices in e-learning, including self-pacing, blended and experiential learning, personalization, rich formative assessment, remediation, and student challenges. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "The News Literacy Project takes on ‘fake’ news — and business is better than ever," 27 Mar. 2018 Worldly, intellectual, and an animated and engaging speaker, Mary Jane was pleased to be invited to join Friday Club, a local women's group. courant.com, "Mary Jane Crosson," 8 Dec. 2019 However, that material is the least engaging part of the film. David Sims, The Atlantic, "A Breezy Buddy Comedy About the Modern Papacy," 29 Nov. 2019

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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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17 Jan 2020

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“Engaging.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engaging. Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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a feeling of well-being or elation

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