or pre-en·gage


verb (used with or without object), pre·en·gaged, pre·en·gag·ing.

to engage beforehand.
to put under obligation, especially to marry, by a prior engagement.
to win the favor or attention of beforehand: Other matters preengaged him.

Nearby words

  1. preemptive strike,
  2. preemptor,
  3. preemptory,
  4. preen,
  5. preen gland,
  6. preengineered,
  7. preequalization,
  8. preestablish,
  9. preestablished harmony,
  10. preexcitation

Origin of preengage

First recorded in 1640–50; pre- + engage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for pre-engage



"bind in advance by promise," 1640s, from pre- + engage (v.). Related: Pre-engaged; pre-engaging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper