engaged

[ en-geyjd ]
/ ɛnˈgeɪdʒd /

adjective

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.
Mechanics.
  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.

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Origin of engaged

First recorded in 1605–15; engage + -ed2

OTHER WORDS FROM engaged

en·gag·ed·ly [en-gey-jid-lee, -geyjd-], /ɛnˈgeɪ dʒɪd li, -ˈgeɪdʒd-/, adverben·gag·ed·ness, nounun·en·gaged, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for engaged

engaged
/ (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd) /

adjective

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 forms of engaged

engagedly (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒɪdlɪ), adverb
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