Jun
03
2013

engage

ihn geIj

intransitive verb
definition:  to participate; involve oneself.
example:  The guests engaged in small talk before dinner.
example:  How long have you engaged in this kind of volunteer activity?
example:  Many individuals engaged in the effort to help the victims of the hurricane.


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Collocations:  Words often used in combination with the intransitive verb “engage”

engage + PREPOSITION:  ~ in (e.g., engage in activities, engage in an argument, engage in a debate, engage in negotiations, engage in a discussion, engage in a battle, engage in a certain type of behavior, engage in sex, engage in a lawsuit, engage in a project, engage in politics)

Note on grammar

The word “engage” has many meanings.  For the meaning of “participate” discussed here, the verb “engage” is always followed by the preposition “in.”

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