engagement

noun
en·​gage·​ment | \ in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio) , en- \

Definition of engagement

1a : an arrangement to meet or be present at a specified time and place a dinner engagement
b : a job or period of employment especially as a performer
2 : something that engages : pledge
3a : the act of engaging : the state of being engaged
b : emotional involvement or commitment seesaws between obsessive engagement and ambiguous detachment— Gary Taylor
c : betrothal
4 : the state of being in gear
5 : a hostile encounter between military forces

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Examples of engagement in a Sentence

The couple recently announced their engagement. She surprised everyone by breaking off her yearlong engagement. We have a dinner engagement this weekend. She's been offered several speaking engagements. his lifelong engagement with politics a lack of emotional engagement See More
Recent Examples on the Web Young’s attorney Samuel Moore argued his engagement with the officer was two to three seconds of holding Fanone’s wrist. David Pitt, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Sep. 2022 Young’s attorney Samuel Moore argued his engagement with the officer was two to three seconds of holding Fanone’s wrist. David Pitt, ajc, 27 Sep. 2022 Young’s attorney Samuel Moore argued his engagement with the officer was two to three seconds of holding Fanone’s wrist. David Pitt, BostonGlobe.com, 27 Sep. 2022 My engagement to Judith, in 1983, was when things came to a head. John Temple, The Atlantic, 24 Sep. 2022 Employee engagement in 2021 was greater than in 2015 to 2019. Bob Helbig, oregonlive, 21 Sep. 2022 The fan engagement associated with the show is high, and the praise has been effusive. Andy Meek, BGR, 19 Sep. 2022 Employee engagement in 2021 was greater than in 2015 to 2019. Bob Helbig, Orlando Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2022 After all, employees have a lot on their minds, and engagement is at extremely low levels today. David Grossman, Forbes, 3 Aug. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of engagement

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of engagement was in 1601

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1 Oct 2022

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“Engagement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engagement. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for engagement

engagement

noun
en·​gage·​ment | \ in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio) \

Kids Definition of engagement

1 : the act of becoming engaged to be married : the state of being engaged to be married They announced their engagement.
2 : employment sense 3 He was offered several speaking engagements.
3 : appointment sense 1 It was Saturday and she had an important engagement.— Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game
4 : a fight between armed forces : battle

engagement

noun
en·​gage·​ment | \ in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio) \

Medical Definition of engagement

: the phase of childbirth in which the fetal head passes into the cavity of the true pelvis

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