- to engage beforehand.
- to put under obligation, especially to marry, by a prior engagement.
- to win the favor or attention of beforehand: Other matters preengaged him.
Origin of preengage
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Examples from the Web for pre-engaged
If you are not pre-engaged, therefore, I would gladly tell you what is on my mind.The Duchess of Trajetto
Were they not Arthurs people, pre-engaged to their own pastor?Salem Chapel, v. 2/2
She always had a nosegay for the German, and a partner who had pre-engaged her.The Adventures of a Widow
I told them I was pre-engaged, and endeavoured to apologise.The Worlds Greatest Books
Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.
Is this story about pre-engaged affections merely a got up thing, to try the force of my attachment for her?The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete
Charles James Lever (1806-1872)