verb (used with object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.
verb (used without object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.
Origin of engage
Synonyms for engage
Antonyms for engage
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Historical Examples of engager
"Start at nine o'clock Monday morning," the engager replied.My Neighbors
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for engage
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).