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.

  1. to win the favor or attention of beforehand: Other matters preengaged him.

Origin of preengage

First recorded in 1640–50; pre- + engage

Words Nearby preengage Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023