- (of wheels) in gear with each other.
Definition for engaged (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.
verb (used without object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.
Examples from the Web for engaged
Jennie met Randolph Churchill in 1873 at a ball; three days later they were engaged.The Real-Life ‘Downton’ Millionairesses Who Changed Britain|Tim Teeman|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“After we got engaged, she only made things harder,” explains Sabrine.
She was engaged a year later to a man 11 years her senior, chosen by her father.
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|DAILY BEAST
And what do I call him now that we are living together, but are not engaged or married?
The young men had engaged a room at Bertolini's hotel, on the Lungarno.Aaron's Rod|D. H. Lawrence
He then specified the salary and commission to be paid, and engaged Mr. Feldman to draw the deed for the tenement house.Potash & Perlmutter|Montague Glass
And yet, engaged to enter into that state, as I am, how can I help myself?Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)|Samuel Richardson
Evidently it was to be taken quietly for granted that these two were engaged.The Guests Of Hercules|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
Dorise had hailed the man, but his reply was a surly "Engaged."Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo|William Le Queux
British Dictionary definitions for engaged (1 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for engaged (2 of 3)
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for engage
British Dictionary definitions for engaged (3 of 3)
Word Origin and History for engaged
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).