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engage

en·gage

engage

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn geIj
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Word Parts
part of speech: verb
inflections: engaged, engages, engaging
definition 1: to get or use the service of; hire.
We engaged a cook for the party.
synonyms:
employ, hire, retain
antonyms:
discharge, dismiss
similar words:
book, busy, charter, contract, enlist, enroll, sign up
definition 2: to get or hold the interest of; occupy.
The story engaged their attention.
synonyms:
absorb, attract, interest, occupy
similar words:
appeal, catch, engross, hold, immerse, intrigue, secure
definition 3: to battle with.
Our troops engaged the enemy.
synonyms:
battle, encounter, fight
similar words:
affront, confront
definition 4: to take part in; involve oneself.
She engaged in the relief effort after the hurricane.
synonyms:
participate, share
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The word engage contains the following part: