engaged[en gājd′, in-]
- The definition of engaged is someone promised to be married, or a busy person, or military personnel in combat.
- An example of engaged is a man who is marrying his girlfriend next month.
- An example of engaged is an author writing a novel.
- An example of engaged are military forces involved in combat in the Iraq War.
An engaged couple.
- pledged; esp., pledged in marriage; betrothed: an engaged couple
- not at leisure; occupied; employed; busy
- involved in combat, as troops
- voluntarily committed or personally involved
- attached to or partly set into a wall, etc.: engaged columns
- in gear; interlocked; meshed
- Employed, occupied, or busy.
- Committed, as to a cause.
- Pledged to marry; betrothed: an engaged couple.
- Involved in conflict or battle.
- Being in gear; meshed.
- Partly embedded in, built into, or attached to another part, as columns on a wall.
- Simple past tense and past participle of engage.
Variant of engage
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