- (of wheels) in gear with each other.
Origin of engaged
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
Related Words for engagedhooked, committed, preoccupied, working, involved, engrossed, interested, absorbed, employed, occupied, affianced, intended, betrothed, steady, bound, plighted, contracted, pinned, ringed, doing
Examples from the Web for engaged
Contemporary Examples of engaged
Jennie met Randolph Churchill in 1873 at a ball; three days later they were engaged.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain
December 31, 2014
“After we got engaged, she only made things harder,” explains Sabrine.A Sunni-Shia Love Story Imperiled by al Qaeda
December 26, 2014
She was engaged a year later to a man 11 years her senior, chosen by her father.Drawing on the Memories of Syrian Women
November 26, 2014
The brash, engaged, occasionally self-centered ex-lawmaker seemed to retreat inward and practically disappear.Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary’s Sudden Firing
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
November 24, 2014
And what do I call him now that we are living together, but are not engaged or married?What Should I Call the Man I Love?
November 18, 2014
Historical Examples of engaged
Plainly, too, he was a man of action and a man who engaged all her instinctive liking.
Then after she was engaged to Shepler they talked him out of it.
My granddaughter, you may have heard, is engaged to an Englishman.
While engaged with her father, she would cut wood, haul logs, etc.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
On the 23rd we were engaged making preparations for a start for Eucla.Explorations in Australia
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).