Engagement meaning

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The definition of an engagement is an appointment, a promise to marry someone or a period of employment.

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.

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A hostile encounter; a battle.
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Something that engages.
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A pledge or obligation.

Meeting one's engagements.

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A promise or agreement to be at a particular place at a particular time.

A dinner engagement.

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An engaging or being engaged.
  • 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.
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(countable) An appointment, especially to speak or perform.

The lecturer has three speaking engagements this week.

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(uncountable) Connection or attachment.

Check the gears for full engagement before turning the handle.

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(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.

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In any situation of conflict, an actual instance of active hostilities.

The engagement resulted in many casualties.

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(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.

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Origin of engagement

  • French engagement.
    From Wiktionary