preengage

or pre-en·gage

[ pree-en-geyj ]
/ ˌpri ɛnˈgeɪdʒ /

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
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