- winning; attractive; pleasing: an engaging smile.
Origin of engaging
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- to occupy the attention or efforts of (a person or persons): He engaged her in conversation.
- to secure for aid, employment, use, etc.; hire: to engage a worker; to engage a room.
- to attract and hold fast: The novel engaged her attention and interest.
- to attract or please: His good nature engages everyone.
- to bind, as by pledge, promise, contract, or oath; make liable: He engaged himself to repay his debt within a month.
- to betroth (usually used in the passive): They were engaged last week.
- to bring (troops) into conflict; enter into conflict with: Our army engaged the enemy.
- Mechanics. to cause (gears or the like) to become interlocked; interlock with.
- to attach or secure.
- Obsolete. to entangle or involve.
- to occupy oneself; become involved: to engage in business or politics.
- to take employment: She engaged in her mother's business.
- to pledge one's word; assume an obligation: I was unwilling to engage on such terms.
- to cross weapons; enter into conflict: The armies engaged early in the morning.
- Mechanics. (of gears or the like) to interlock.
Origin of engage
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Examples from the Web for engaging
Yet despite his engaging irascibility, Mamoon never quite emerges as a character in his own right.A Novel About a Novelist ‘Like’ Naipaul
November 6, 2014
What should the protocol be for engaging people on the street who offer unsolicited “compliments?”Street Harassment Shouldn’t Be a Crime
October 29, 2014
Chatty, engaging and knowledgeable, cabbies in Hong Kong are also avid listeners of discussion programs on local radio.Hong Kong Between Calm and Chaos
October 3, 2014
I like a good story, and so I want to make sure that this character is engaging.Into the Grindr of the Gay Dating Game: Sex, Death, and Aging in ‘Stealing Sam’
September 18, 2014
She was, unusually for a comedian, as funny and engaging off stage as on.Joan Rivers: Our Last Interview
September 4, 2014
"If I walk with you, they'll know I'm not engaged to Joe," she said, with engaging directness.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
In spite of its pretty entourage, too, the town is not engaging.The Roof of France
The engaging little town is indeed one of nature's sanatoriums.In the Heart of Vosges
The bosom received this tribute in its most engaging manner.
He has been in Parliament some time, you know,' returned the engaging young Barnacle.
- pleasing, charming, or winning
- to secure the services of; employ
- to secure for use; reserveengage a room
- to involve (a person or his attention) intensely; engross; occupy
- to attract (the affection) of (a person)her innocence engaged him
- to draw (somebody) into conversation
- (intr) to take part; participatehe engages in many sports
- to promise (to do something)
- (also intr) military to begin an action with (an enemy)
- to bring (a mechanism) into operationhe engaged the clutch
- (also intr) to undergo or cause to undergo interlocking, as of the components of a driving mechanism, such as a gear train
- machinery to locate (a locking device) in its operative position or to advance (a tool) into a workpiece to commence cutting
- (of a writer or artist, esp a man) morally or politically committed to some ideology
Word Origin and History for engaging
"interesting," 1650s (implied in engagingly), present participle adjective from 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).