engage

[ en-geyj ]
/ ɛnˈgeɪdʒ /
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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
SYNONYMS FOR engage
ANTONYMS FOR engage
Related formsen·gag·er, noun
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Examples from the Web for engager

  • "Start at nine o'clock Monday morning," the engager replied.

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British Dictionary definitions for engager (1 of 2)

engage

/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for engager (2 of 2)

engagé

/ French (ɑ̃ɡaʒe) /

adjective

(of a writer or artist, esp a man) morally or politically committed to some ideology
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Word Origin and History for engager

engage


v.

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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