[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. eng,
  2. eng.,
  3. eng. d.,
  4. engadine,
  5. engage,
  6. engaged tone,
  7. engagement,
  8. engagement calendar,
  9. engagement ring,
  10. engaging

Origin of engaged

First recorded in 1605–15; engage + -ed2

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


[ 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 formsen·gag·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for engaged


/ (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 Formsengagedly (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒɪdlɪ), adverb


/ (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ) /

verb (mainly tr)

Derived Formsengager, noun

Word Origin for engage

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


/ French (ɑ̃ɡaʒe) /


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

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