[ en-geyjd ]
/ ɛnˈgeɪdʒd /


busy or occupied; involved: deeply engaged in conversation.
pledged to be married; betrothed: an engaged couple.
under engagement; pledged: an engaged contractor.
entered into conflict with: desperately engaged armies.
  1. interlocked.
  2. (of wheels) in gear with each other.
Architecture. (of a distinct member) built so as to be truly or seemingly attached in part to the structure before which it stands: an engaged column.

Nearby words

  1. eng,
  2. eng.,
  3. eng. d.,
  4. engadine,
  5. engage,
  6. engaged tone,
  7. engagement,
  8. engagement calendar,
  9. engagement ring,
  10. engaging

Origin of engaged

First recorded in 1605–15; engage + -ed2

Related formsen·gag·ed·ly [en-gey-jid-lee, -geyjd-] /ɛnˈgeɪ dʒɪd li, -ˈgeɪdʒd-/, adverben·gag·ed·ness, nounun·en·gaged, adjective

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/ (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd) /


pledged to be married; betrothed
employed, occupied, or busy
architect built against or attached to a wall or similar structurean engaged column
(of a telephone line) already in use
Derived Formsengagedly (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒɪdlɪ), adverb

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