[ en-geyjd ]
/ ɛnˈgeɪdʒd /


busy or occupied; involved: deeply engaged in conversation.
pledged to be married; betrothed: an engaged couple.
under engagement; pledged: an engaged contractor.
entered into conflict with: desperately engaged armies.
  1. interlocked.
  2. (of wheels) in gear with each other.
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

First recorded in 1605–15; engage + -ed2

Related forms

en·gag·ed·ly [en-gey-jid-lee, -geyjd-] /ɛnˈgeɪ dʒɪd li, -ˈgeɪdʒd-/, adverben·gag·ed·ness, nounun·en·gaged, adjective

Definition for engaged (2 of 2)


[ en-geyj ]
/ ɛnˈgeɪdʒ /

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

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

Origin of engage

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

Related forms

en·gag·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for engaged (1 of 3)


/ (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd) /


pledged to be married; betrothed
employed, occupied, or busy
architect built against or attached to a wall or similar structurean engaged column
(of a telephone line) already in use

Derived Forms

engagedly (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒɪdlɪ), adverb

British Dictionary definitions for engaged (2 of 3)


/ (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Forms

engager, noun

Word Origin for engage

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

British Dictionary definitions for engaged (3 of 3)


/ French (ɑ̃ɡaʒe) /


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