Definitions for Engagementɛnˈgeɪdʒ mənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

en•gage•mentɛnˈgeɪdʒ mənt(n.)

  1. the act of engaging or the state of being engaged.

  2. an appointment or arrangement, esp. to be somewhere or do something at a particular time.

  3. an agreement to marry; betrothal.

  4. a pledge; an obligation or agreement.

  5. employment, or a period or post of employment.

  6. an encounter, conflict, or battle.

  7. the act or state of interlocking.

    Category: Mechanics

Origin of engagement:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. battle, conflict, fight, engagement(noun)

    a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war

    "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"

  2. date, appointment, engagement(noun)

    a meeting arranged in advance

    "she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date"

  3. betrothal, troth, engagement(noun)

    a mutual promise to marry

  4. employment, engagement(noun)

    the act of giving someone a job

  5. engagement, booking(noun)

    employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time

    "the play had bookings throughout the summer"

  6. engagement, mesh, meshing, interlocking(noun)

    contact by fitting together

    "the engagement of the clutch"; "the meshing of gears"

  7. engagement, participation, involvement, involution(noun)

    the act of sharing in the activities of a group

    "the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. engagement(noun)ɛnˈgeɪdʒ mənt

    a promise to marry sb

    She broke off their engagement.

  2. engagementɛnˈgeɪdʒ mənt

    a meeting with sb; = appointment

    a previous engagement


  1. engagement(Noun)

    an appointment, especially to speak or perform

    The lecturer has three speaking engagements this week.

  2. engagement(Noun)

    connection or attachment

    Check the gears for full engagement before turning the handle.

  3. engagement(Noun)

    (countable or uncountable) the period of time when marriage is planned or promised

    We are enjoying a long engagement, but haven't yet set a date.

  4. engagement(Noun)

    In any situation of conflict, an actual instance of active hostilities.

  5. Origin: engagement

Webster Dictionary

  1. Engagement(noun)

    the act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or entering into contest

  2. Engagement(noun)

    the state of being engaged, pledged or occupied; specif., a pledge to take some one as husband or wife

  3. Engagement(noun)

    that which engages; engrossing occupation; employment of the attention; obligation by pledge, promise, or contract; an enterprise embarked in; as, his engagements prevented his acceptance of any office

  4. Engagement(noun)

    an action; a fight; a battle

  5. Engagement(noun)

    the state of being in gear; as, one part of a clutch is brought into engagement with the other part


  1. Engagement

    An engagement or betrothal is a promise to marry, and also the period of time between proposal and marriage – which may be lengthy or trivial. During this period, a couple is said to be betrothed, affianced, engaged to be married, or simply engaged. Future brides and grooms may be called the betrothed, a wife-to-be or husband-to-be, fiancée or fiancé, respectively. The duration of the courtship varies vastly. Long engagements were once common in formal arranged marriages and it was not uncommon for parents betrothing children to arrange such many years before the engaged couple were old enough to marry.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. engagement

    1. In air defense, an attack with guns or air-to-air missiles by an interceptor aircraft, or the launch of an air defense missile by air defense artillery and the missile

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    In war, a battle. In love, the salubrious calm that precedes the real hostilities.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Engagement' in Nouns Frequency: #2049

Translations for Engagement

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the engagement of three new assistants; When shall we announce our engagement?; Have you any engagements tomorrow?; a naval engagement (= battle); (also adjective) an engagement ring.

  • verlowing, verbintenisAfrikaans
  • إشْتِباك، خُطْبَهArabic
  • наеманеBulgarian
  • compromissoPortuguese (BR)
  • angažování; zasnoubení; závazek; bitvaCzech
  • die Anstellung, die Verlobung, die VerpflichtungGerman
  • ansættelse; forlovelse; arrangement; møde; forlovelses-Danish
  • πρόσληψη, απασχόληση, αρραβώνας, δέσμευση, μάχηGreek
  • contrato, petición de mano, compromiso, combateSpanish
  • töölevõtmine, kihlus, kokkusaamine, võitlusEstonian
  • نامزدی؛ مشغولیت؛ وعده؛ نبردFarsi
  • kihlausFinnish
  • recrutement, fiançailles, rendez-vous, combat; de fiançaillesFrench
  • אִירוּסִיןHebrew
  • काम में व्यस्त रहने की, स्थितिHindi
  • zaruke; prid. zaručničkiCroatian
  • alkalmazás; eljegyzés; elfoglaltságHungarian
  • janji, pertunanganIndonesian
  • ráðning; trúlofun; bardagi; stefnumótIcelandic
  • assunzione; fidanzamento, di fidanzamento; impegno; combattimentoItalian
  • 係り合うことJapanese
  • 약혼, 고용Korean
  • įdarbinimas, sužadėtuvės, užsiėmimas, susirėmimasLithuanian
  • nodarbināšana; saderināšanās; noruna; satikšanās; kauja; saslēgšanaLatvian
  • petunanganMalay
  • aanstelling, verloving, afspraak, gevechtDutch
  • ansettelse; forlovelse; trefning; forlovelses-Norwegian
  • zatrudnienie, zaręczyny, zobowiązania, starciePolish
  • نامزدی؛ مشغولیت؛ وعده؛ نبردPersian
  • كوزده، نامزدى، نيونه،استخدام، ګومارنه، نښته (لكه دلښكرو)، لوز، وعده (لكه دلېدنى)، مشغولا، مصروفيتPashto
  • compromissoPortuguese
  • an­ga­jare; lo­god­nă; treabă; luptăRomanian
  • наём; помолвка; встреча; бойRussian
  • zamestnanie; zasnúbenie; povinnosti; bitka; snubnýSlovak
  • zaposlitev; zaroka; obveznost; spopad; zaročenSlovenian
  • veridbaSerbian
  • anställning, förlovning, engagemang, åtagande, drabbningSwedish
  • การนัดพบ; การหมั้นThai
  • sözleşme; nişan(lama); çarpışmaTurkish
  • 僱用,訂婚,約會,交戰Chinese (Trad.)
  • заняття; заручиниUkrainian
  • ملاقات ، منگنیUrdu
  • sự hứa hẹn; trận giao chiếnVietnamese
  • 雇用,订婚的,约会,战役Chinese (Simp.)

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