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.

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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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



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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