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engagement

[en-geyj-muhnt]
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noun
  1. the act of engaging or the state of being engaged.
  2. an appointment or arrangement: a business engagement.
  3. betrothal: They announced their engagement.
  4. a pledge; an obligation or agreement: All his time seems to be taken up with social engagements.
  5. employment, or a period or post of employment, especially in the performing arts: Her engagement at the nightclub will last five weeks.
  6. an encounter, conflict, or battle: We have had two very costly engagements with the enemy this week alone.
  7. Mechanics. the act or state of interlocking.
  8. engagements, Commerce. financial obligations.
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Origin of engagement

First recorded in 1615–25; engage + -ment
Related formsnon·en·gage·ment, nounre·en·gage·ment, noun

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Related Words

pactobligationcommitmentgigappointmentarrangementactionconfrontationconflictcompactwordtrothcontractbetrothalvowpromisematchundertakingespousalplight

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  • 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.

  • I was afraid you might not be excused in time to keep your engagement with me to-morrow evening.

  • Christmas was a merry day to all but the major, who did not like the engagement any better than before.

    Weighed and Wanting

    George MacDonald

  • Sidney broke the news of her engagement to K. herself, the evening of the same day.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart


British Dictionary definitions for engagement

engagement

noun
  1. a pledge of marriage; betrothal
  2. an appointment or arrangement, esp for business or social purposes
  3. the act of engaging or condition of being engaged
  4. a promise, obligation, or other condition that binds
  5. a period of employment, esp a limited period
  6. an action; battle
  7. (plural) financial obligations
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Word Origin and History for engagement

n.

c.1600, "formal promise," from engage + -ment. Meaning "battle, fight" is from 1660s; promise-of-marriage sense is from 1742; meaning "appointment" is from 1806.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

engagement in Medicine

engagement

(ĕn-gājmənt)
n.
  1. The entrance of the fetal head or presenting part into the upper opening of the maternal pelvis.
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