- the act of engaging or the state of being engaged.
- an appointment or arrangement: a business engagement.
- betrothal: They announced their engagement.
- a pledge; an obligation or agreement: All his time seems to be taken up with social engagements.
- employment, or a period or post of employment, especially in the performing arts: Her engagement at the nightclub will last five weeks.
- an encounter, conflict, or battle: We have had two very costly engagements with the enemy this week alone.
- Mechanics. the act or state of interlocking.
- engagements, Commerce. financial obligations.
Origin of engagement
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4. contract, promise.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- a pledge of marriage; betrothal
- an appointment or arrangement, esp for business or social purposes
- the act of engaging or condition of being engaged
- a promise, obligation, or other condition that binds
- a period of employment, esp a limited period
- an action; battle
- (plural) financial obligations
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Word Origin and History for non-engagement
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The entrance of the fetal head or presenting part into the upper opening of the maternal pelvis.
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