- engaged tone,
- engagement calendar,
- engagement ring,
Origin of engaging
verb (used with object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.
verb (used without object), en·gaged, en·gag·ing.
Origin of engage
Examples from the Web for engaging
Yet despite his engaging irascibility, Mamoon never quite emerges as a character in his own right.
What should the protocol be for engaging people on the street who offer unsolicited “compliments?”
Chatty, engaging and knowledgeable, cabbies in Hong Kong are also avid listeners of discussion programs on local radio.
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’|Tim Teeman|September 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was, unusually for a comedian, as funny and engaging off stage as on.
Vera had been awful about it; he had had to do all the ordering of the meals himself at last, and also the engaging of the cooks.Vera|Elisabeth von Arnim
His kindness to social and literary beginners is one of his most engaging traits.Collections and Recollections|George William Erskine Russell
An admirable story–an engaging story of love, mystery and adventure.The Triumph of Virginia Dale|John Francis, Jr.
Dickens in his “Nicholas Nickleby” relates an engaging legend to explain how the design and the name were provided for them.Stained Glass Tours in England|Charles Hitchcock Sherrill
I can think of no other expedient to prevent his engaging in some rash and improper attempt; therefore I beseech you to go down.'Emmeline|Charlotte Turner Smith
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for engage
"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).