engage

[ en-geyj ]
/ ɛnˈgeɪdʒ /

verb (used with object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.

verb (used without object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.

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Origin of engage

1515–25; < Middle French engager, Old French engagier. See en-1, gage1

OTHER WORDS FROM engage

en·gag·er, noun

Definition for engage (2 of 2)

engagé
[ French ahn-ga-zhey ]
/ French ɑ̃ gaˈʒeɪ /

adjective

choosing to involve oneself in or commit oneself to something: Some of the political activists grew less engagé as the years passed.

Origin of engagé

1950–55; < French: literally, engaged
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British Dictionary definitions for engage (1 of 2)

engage
/ (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived forms of engage

engager, noun

Word Origin for engage

C15: from Old French engagier, from en- 1 + gage a pledge, see gage 1

British Dictionary definitions for engage (2 of 2)

engagé
/ French (ɑ̃ɡaʒe) /

adjective

(of a writer or artist, esp a man) morally or politically committed to some ideology
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