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engage

en·gage

engage

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn geIj
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: engaged, engages, engaging
definition 1: to obtain or use the service of; employ.
We engaged a chef for the party.
synonyms:
employ, hire, retain
antonyms:
discharge, disengage, dismiss
similar words:
book, busy, charter, contract, enlist, enroll, sign up
definition 2: to reserve.
Her parents engaged the hall for the wedding reception.
synonyms:
book, hire, reserve
similar words:
commission, contract, secure
definition 3: to gain or hold the interest of; occupy.
The controversial subject engaged their attention.
synonyms:
absorb, attract, interest, occupy
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
appeal, catch, concern, consume, engross, hold, immerse, intrigue, secure
definition 4: to come into conflict with.
The American troops engaged the British troops on this hill in 1778.
synonyms:
battle, encounter, fight, meet
antonyms:
disengage
similar words:
affront, confront
definition 5: to mesh.
Use the lever to engage the gears.
synonyms:
mesh
antonyms:
disengage
similar words:
interlock
definition 6: to promise (oneself), esp. in marriage.
She immediately regretted engaging herself to him.
synonyms:
affiance, betroth, plight
similar words:
commit, pledge, promise, undertake
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to participate.
The guests engaged in small talk before dinner.How long have you engaged in this type of volunteer activity?Many individuals engaged in the effort to help the victims of the hurricane.
synonyms:
join, partake, participate, share
definition 2: to pledge or commit oneself; assume an obligation (usu. fol. by to).
She engaged to cater the receptions.
synonyms:
pledge, promise
antonyms:
disengage
similar words:
sign up
definition 3: to become meshed, as gears.
synonyms:
interlock, mesh
definition 4: to come into conflict.
synonyms:
battle, collide, combat, encounter
antonyms:
disengage
similar words:
clash, skirmish, war
Word Parts
The word engage contains the following part: