verb (used with object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.
verb (used without object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.
- eng. d.,
- engaged tone,
- engagement calendar,
- engagement ring
Origin of engage
Origin of engagé
Examples from the Web for engage
Then we all have to do our part to engage the officers and our community, and hold everyone accountable in the process.
The Millennial Action Project (MAP) seeks to engage young people in politics and give them more of a voice in governing.
Not that he ever planned to engage in the controversy directly.
Cook walked more slowly than most, stopping to engage with passersby who expressed their own frustration and support.
Such messages are unlikely to be beloved of secularists who prefer to scoff at the religious rather than engage with them.
Twice England appeared likely to engage in war with France—in 1844 and 1846—while Peel was in power.A History of England|Charles Oman
The Dutch, who have retained in a debased form their own language, also engage largely in agriculture and viticulture.
The primitive Right, then, is a Right to engage in these employments.Harmonies of Political Economy|Frdric Bastiat
A bondman could not marry without his master's consent; nor engage in trade; nor refuse work assigned to him.History of the United States|Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
Her father had taught her never to engage in a battle of words if she could possibly avoid it, especially with an older person.The Motor Maids by Palm and Pine|Katherine Stokes
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for engage
early 15c., "to pledge," from Middle French engagier, from Old French en gage "under pledge," from en "make" + gage "pledge," through Frankish from Proto-Germanic *wadiare "pledge" (see wed).
It shows the common evolution of Germanic -w- to French -g-; cf. Guillaume from Wilhelm). Meaning "attract the attention of" is from 1640s; that of "employ" is from 1640s, from notion of "binding as by a pledge." Specific sense of "promise to marry" is 1610s (implied in engaged).