Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

  • Word of the Day
    shyster

    shaI st@r

    noun
    a person, usu. a lawyer, who uses underhanded, unethical methods.
    That shyster accepted her fee for his services but did almost nothing for her.

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  • Vocabulary of the Day
    naysayer

    neI seI @r

    noun
    a person who refuses, denies, or opposes, esp. because of cynicism or pessimism.
    They went ahead with their ambitious plan despite the arguments of the naysayers.

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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)

Grammar note:    The word “engage” has many meanings.  (Click on the link above to see more definitions.)  For the meaning of “participate” discussed here, the verb “engage” is always followed by the preposition “in.”