engagement

noun

en·​gage·​ment in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio)
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1
a
: 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
3
a
: the act of engaging : the state of being engaged
b
: emotional involvement or commitment
seesaws between obsessive engagement and ambiguous detachment Gary Taylor
c
4
: the state of being in gear
5
: a hostile encounter between military forces

Example Sentences

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 Cyrus, 61, and Firerose, 34, seemingly went public with their engagement last month by sharing a photo of her diamond ring on Instagram. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2022 From his summer relationship with actress Phoebe Dynevor to his engagement to Ariana Grande, here is a complete breakdown of Pete Davidson's dating history. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2022 The following day, Guobadia shared an Instagram post revealing their engagement. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 14 Nov. 2022 This photo shows Diana in her car soon before her engagement was announced. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, 14 Nov. 2022 Per The Daily Mail, Johnson has been fueling rumors of her engagement to Martin—with an Emerald ring on her left finger. ELLE, 12 Nov. 2022 The report divided employees into three types based on their engagement. Sarah Needham, Forbes, 10 Nov. 2022 Penny's first encounter with the queen and Philip occurred during her engagement to Norton. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Nov. 2022 One month later, Camilla announces her engagement to Andrew. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Engagement.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engagement. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

engagement

noun

en·​gage·​ment in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio)
1
a
: a promise to be present at a specified place and time
b
: employment especially for a stated time
the band had engagements in different towns
2
3
a
: the act of engaging : the state of being engaged
b
: an agreement to marry
also : the period during which one is pledged to be married
4
: the state of being meshed into a working arrangement in which one part drives another
5
: the state of being in conflict, opposition, or battle

Medical Definition

engagement

noun

en·​gage·​ment in-ˈgāj-mənt How to pronounce engagement (audio)
: the phase of childbirth in which the fetal head passes into the cavity of the true pelvis

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