- The definition of engaging is something interesting or fascinating.
When someone becomes involved in a vigorous and interesting debate, this is an example of an engaging debate.
An engaging little girl.
(comparative more engaging, superlative most engaging)
- That engages the attention; engrossing, interesting; enthralling.
- I found the first of the Harry Potter books a very engaging read.
- Charming; attractive, especially of a manner or behaviour.
- Beauty, of course, and a bright, engaging personality — or at least the ability to fake one — are prerequisites for entering the Miss World competition.
- Present 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