engaged

adjective

en·​gaged in-ˈgājd How to pronounce engaged (audio)
en-
1
: involved in activity : occupied, busy
2
: pledged to be married : betrothed
3
: greatly interested : committed
4
: involved especially in a hostile encounter
5
: partly embedded in a wall
an engaged column
6
: being in gear : meshed

Examples of engaged in a Sentence

the engaged couple make a charming pair I'm engaged right now, so call back some other time.
Recent Examples on the Web Keeping teams trained, motivated and engaged will also allow for better talent retention, which is one of the major challenges of this decade. Jose Luis Gonzalez Rodriguez, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Younger employees feel the most detached from their work and employers, meanwhile, baby boomers remain engaged. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 29 Feb. 2024 Schaffer noted that the All-Star Weekend had an engaged host committee, which is necessary for smoothly running such a large event. Rory Appleton, The Indianapolis Star, 27 Feb. 2024 Franchise owners feel the need to become more engaged in politics to protect their business model, said Kerri Harper-Howie, a Los Angeles McDonald’s owner operator and California Alliance board member. Lindsey Holden, Sacramento Bee, 26 Feb. 2024 In rom-com Irish Wish, Lohan plays Maddie, who is down on her luck when the love of her life gets engaged to her best friend. Tatiana Tenreyro, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Feb. 2024 Will Clark, an assistant professor at San Francisco State University, did not support the tentative agreement but said Monday that dissent within the union reflected a more engaged membership. Caroline Petrow-Cohen, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2024 So, for the company that invests in EX tools—specifically AI and automation—the result translates into lower turnover and more engaged employees. Shep Hyken, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 Howard Newman, 48, and his fiancee, Dawn Sicard, 42, booked Wayfarers Chapel for their March 9 wedding after seeing the seaside church when the two were still dating and not yet engaged. Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times, 16 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of engaged was in 1629

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“Engaged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engaged. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

engaged

adjective
en·​gaged in-ˈgājd How to pronounce engaged (audio)
1
: being occupied with some activity
they were engaged in conversation
2
: pledged to be married : betrothed
an engaged couple

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