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  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.

Origin of engagement

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

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Historical Examples of engagement

  • The breaking of Hope's engagement to Philip was attributed to every cause but the true one.


    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

  • He had been sleeping badly since Sidney's announcement of her engagement.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

British Dictionary definitions for engagement


  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

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

engagement in Medicine


  1. The entrance of the fetal head or presenting part into the upper opening of the maternal pelvis.
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