engagement[en gāj′mənt, in-]
This man offers a woman a ring of engagement.
- An example of an engagement is a holiday party.
- An example of an engagement is a woman accepting a man's offer of marriage.
- An example of an engagement is a one year contract with a cruise ship.
The definition of an engagement is an appointment, a promise to marry someone or a period of employment.
- an engaging or being engaged; specif.,
- a promise; pledge
- a promise of marriage; betrothal
- an arrangement to go somewhere, do something, meet someone, etc.; appointment
- employment or period of employment, esp. in the performing arts
- a conflict; battle
- financial obligations; commitments
- state of being in gear
- something that engages
- a. The action of engaging or the state of being engaged: engagement in diplomacy.b. The condition of being in gear: engagement of the transmission.
- a. A mutual promise to get married.b. The period during which this promise is kept: a long engagement.
- A pledge or obligation: meeting one's engagements.
- A promise or agreement to be at a particular place at a particular time: a dinner engagement.
- a. Employment, especially for a specified time: his engagement with the firm.b. A specific, often limited, period of employment: a speaking engagement.
- A hostile encounter; a battle.
- (countable) an appointment, especially to speak or perform
- The lecturer has three speaking engagements this week.
- (uncountable) connection or attachment
- Check the gears for full engagement before turning the handle.
- (countable or uncountable) the period of time when marriage is planned or promised
- We are enjoying a long engagement, but haven't yet set a date.
- In any situation of conflict, an actual instance of active hostilities.
- The engagement resulted in many casualties.
- (fencing) the point at which the fencers are close enough to join blades, or to make an effective attack during an encounter.
- After engagement it quickly became clear which of the fencers was going to prevail.