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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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  • If you are not pre-engaged, therefore, I would gladly tell you what is on my mind.

    The Duchess of Trajetto

    Anne Manning

  • Were they not Arthurs people, pre-engaged to their own pastor?

  • She always had a nosegay for the German, and a partner who had pre-engaged her.

  • I told them I was pre-engaged, and endeavoured to apologise.

    The Worlds Greatest Books

    Arthur Mee, J. A. Hammerton, Eds.

  • Is this story about pre-engaged affections merely a got up thing, to try the force of my attachment for her?

    The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete

    Charles James Lever (1806-1872)