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  1. busy or occupied; involved: deeply engaged in conversation.
  2. pledged to be married; betrothed: an engaged couple.
  3. under engagement; pledged: an engaged contractor.
  4. entered into conflict with: desperately engaged armies.
  5. Mechanics.
    1. interlocked.
    2. (of wheels) in gear with each other.
  6. 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.
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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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Related Words for unengaged

idle, inactive, jobless, underemployed, deserted, uninhabited, unfilled, unemployed, unused, bare, independent, clear, loose, able, easy, unrestricted, open, unfettered, available, empty

Examples from the Web for unengaged

Historical Examples of unengaged

  • Going to his office, he was fortunate enough to find him in, and unengaged.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • At that moment Darrell, seeing Kate unengaged, hastened to her side.

    At the Time Appointed

    A. Maynard Barbour

  • If your thoughts are unengaged, I shall explain myself further.'


    William Makepeace Thackeray

  • When unengaged, the position of Judge Dargan was that of drowsiness.

  • The more Miss Asher sees of me in an unengaged condition the less she will like me.

    The Captain's Toll-Gate

    Frank R. Stockton

British Dictionary definitions for unengaged


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