- the act of engaging or the state of being engaged.
- an appointment or arrangement: a business engagement.
- betrothal: They announced their engagement.
- a pledge; an obligation or agreement: All his time seems to be taken up with social engagements.
- employment, or a period or post of employment, especially in the performing arts: Her engagement at the nightclub will last five weeks.
- an encounter, conflict, or battle: We have had two very costly engagements with the enemy this week alone.
- Mechanics. the act or state of interlocking.
- engagements, Commerce. financial obligations.
Origin of engagement
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Examples from the Web for engagement
This same outlet worked the phrase “engagement to toyboy lover” into the headline of their article on Fry.Freaking Out About Age Gaps in Gay Relationships Is Homophobic
January 9, 2015
Comedian David Mitchell and writer Victoria Coren announced their engagement in the Times, in March 2012.Benedict Cumberbatch Announces Engagement in The Times
November 5, 2014
However, the reality is that even this engagement is very much being seen as touch and go by the palace.The Disappearance of Kate Middleton
October 15, 2014
Philip Breedlove, NATO commander-in-chief, says this represents a shift, "from engagement to preparedness."Shocked by Ukraine Violence, NATO Prepares to Face Down Putin
October 12, 2014
Taylor had recently broken off an engagement with the actress Neva Gerber, who complained of his melancholic moods.How to Get Away With a Hollywood Murder
October 10, 2014
The breaking of Hope's engagement to Philip was attributed to every cause but the true one.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Mona had come this time to tell her of her engagement to Geoffrey Carter.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
I was afraid you might not be excused in time to keep your engagement with me to-morrow evening.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
Christmas was a merry day to all but the major, who did not like the engagement any better than before.Weighed and Wanting
Sidney broke the news of her engagement to K. herself, the evening of the same day.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
- a pledge of marriage; betrothal
- an appointment or arrangement, esp for business or social purposes
- the act of engaging or condition of being engaged
- a promise, obligation, or other condition that binds
- a period of employment, esp a limited period
- an action; battle
- (plural) financial obligations
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Word Origin and History for engagement
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- The entrance of the fetal head or presenting part into the upper opening of the maternal pelvis.
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