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engaged

[en-geyjd] /ɛnˈgeɪdʒd/
adjective
1.
busy or occupied; involved:
deeply engaged in conversation.
2.
pledged to be married; betrothed:
an engaged couple.
3.
under engagement; pledged:
an engaged contractor.
4.
entered into conflict with:
desperately engaged armies.
5.
Mechanics.
  1. interlocked.
  2. (of wheels) in gear with each other.
6.
Architecture. (of a distinct member) built so as to be truly or seemingly attached in part to the structure before which it stands:
an engaged column.
Origin of engaged
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; engage + -ed2
Related forms
engagedly
[en-gey-jid-lee, -geyjd-] /ɛnˈgeɪ dʒɪd li, -ˈgeɪdʒd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
engagedness, noun
unengaged, adjective
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Examples from the Web for unengaged
Historical Examples
  • Going to his office, he was fortunate enough to find him in, and unengaged.

    Brave and Bold Horatio Alger
  • At that moment Darrell, seeing Kate unengaged, hastened to her side.

    At the Time Appointed A. Maynard Barbour
  • If your thoughts are unengaged, I shall explain myself further.'

    Thackerayana William Makepeace Thackeray
  • When unengaged, the position of Judge Dargan was that of drowsiness.

  • The more Miss Asher sees of me in an unengaged condition the less she will like me.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate Frank R. Stockton
  • Wheaton's unengaged hand went nervously to his throat, and he fumbled at his tie.

    The Main Chance Meredith Nicholson
  • We were great friends and companions, and rarely separate when both of us were unengaged otherwise.

  • For a moment he forgot Maurice, covered his face with his unengaged hand, and sobbed.

    The Puppet Crown Harold MacGrath
  • The result was the council broke up in one big row and Martha Scroggs spent the afternoon unengaged.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • It even reached into the vortex of combat, and turned all the unengaged there into peacemakers.

British Dictionary definitions for unengaged

engaged

/ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd/
adjective
1.
pledged to be married; betrothed
2.
employed, occupied, or busy
3.
(architect) built against or attached to a wall or similar structure: an engaged column
4.
(of a telephone line) already in use
Derived Forms
engagedly (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒɪdlɪ) adverb
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