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.

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