verb (used with object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.
verb (used without object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.
Origin of engage
Synonyms for engage
Antonyms for engage
Origin of engagé
Related Words for engageemploy, enlist, join, immerse, preoccupy, undertake, involve, arrest, interest, participate, catch, fascinate, commit, meet, face, lock, appoint, charter, secure, enroll
Examples from the Web for engage
Contemporary Examples of engage
Then we all have to do our part to engage the officers and our community, and hold everyone accountable in the process.How to Solve the Policing Crisis
January 5, 2015
The Millennial Action Project (MAP) seeks to engage young people in politics and give them more of a voice in governing.When Will We See a #Millennial Congress?
December 26, 2014
Not that he ever planned to engage in the controversy directly.Rob Marshall Defends ‘Into the Woods’
December 9, 2014
Cook walked more slowly than most, stopping to engage with passersby who expressed their own frustration and support.‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief
December 4, 2014
Such messages are unlikely to be beloved of secularists who prefer to scoff at the religious rather than engage with them.Extreme Weather? Blame the End Times
November 28, 2014
Historical Examples of engage
I offered to engage not to marry at all, if that condition may be accepted.
Your aunt has been forced to engage not to interfere but by your father's direction.
He solicits me, 'To engage my honour to him never to have Mr. Solmes.'
Will you engage, my dear, that the hated man shall not come near your house?
I beg you will encourage the militia and engage them to continue their exertions.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
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).