engage[en gāj′, in-]
An engaged couple.
- Engage is defined as to get someone interested in something or to have a conversation or discussion with someone.
- An example of engage is a hobby that you enjoy and lose track of time doing.
- An example of engage is when you start talking to someone.
transitive verbengaged, engaging
- Obsolete to give or assign as security for a debt, etc.
- to bind (oneself) by a promise; pledge; specif. (now only in the passive), to bind by a promise of marriage; betroth: he is engaged to Ann
- to arrange for the services of; hire; employ: to engage a lawyer
- to arrange for the use of; reserve: to engage a hotel room
- to draw into; involve: to engage him in conversation
- to attract and hold (the attention, etc.)
- to employ or keep busy; occupy: reading engages his spare time
- to enter into conflict with (the enemy)
- to interlock with or cause to come into frictional driving contact with
- to mesh together: engage the gears
- Obsolete to entangle; ensnare
Origin of engageMiddle English engagen ; from Old French engagier: see en- and amp; gage
- to pledge oneself; promise; undertake; agree: to engage to do something
- to occupy or involve oneself; take part; be active: to engage in dramatics
- to enter into conflict
- to interlock; mesh
verben·gaged, en·gag·ing, en·gag·es
- To obtain or contract for the services of; employ: engage a carpenter.
- To arrange for the use of; reserve: engage a room. See Synonyms at book1.
- To pledge or promise, especially to marry: was engaged to a famous actor.
- To attract and hold the attention of; engross: a hobby that engaged her for hours at a time.
- To win over or attract: His smile engages everyone he meets.
- To draw into; involve: engage a shy person in conversation.
- To require the use of; occupy: Studying engages most of my time.
- To enter or bring into conflict with: We have engaged the enemy.
- To interlock or cause to interlock; mesh: engage the automobile's clutch.
- To give or take as security.
- To involve oneself or become occupied; participate: engage in conversation.
- To assume an obligation; agree.
- To enter into conflict or battle: The armies engaged at dawn.
- To become meshed or interlocked: The gears engaged.
Origin of engageMiddle English engagen, to pledge something as security for repayment of debt, from Old French engagier : en-, in; see en–1 + gage, pledge, of Germanic origin.
Origin of engageFrench, past participle of engager, to engage, from Old French engagier, to pledge; see engage.
(third-person singular simple present engages, present participle engaging, simple past and past participle engaged)
- To interact socially.
- To interact antagonistically.
- To interact contractually.
- (to cause to mesh or interlock): disengage
From Middle French engagier, from Old French engager (“to pledge, engage”), from Old Frankish *anwadjōn (“to pledge”), from Proto-Germanic *an-, *andi- + Proto-Germanic *wadjōną (“to pledge, secure”), from Proto-Germanic *wadjō (“pledge, guarantee”), from Proto-Indo-European *wadʰ- (“to pledge, redeem a pledge; guarantee, bail”), equivalent to en- + gage. Cognate with Old English anwedd (“pledge, security”), Old English weddian (“to engage, covenant, undertake”), German wetten (“to bet, wager”), Icelandic veðja (“to wager”). More at wed.