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preengage

or pre-en·gage

[pree-en-geyj]
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verb (used with or without object), pre·en·gaged, pre·en·gag·ing.
  1. to engage beforehand.
  2. to put under obligation, especially to marry, by a prior engagement.
  3. to win the favor or attention of beforehand: Other matters preengaged him.
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Origin of preengage

First recorded in 1640–50; pre- + engage
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Historical Examples

  • You cannot imagine but such an object must pre-engage every susceptible heart.

    Life and Correspondence of David Hume, Volume II (of 2)

    John Hill Burton


Word Origin and History for pre-engage

v.

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

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