What does engage mean?

Definitions for engage

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word engage.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prosecute, engage, pursue(verb)

    carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

    "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"

  2. absorb, engross, engage, occupy(verb)

    consume all of one's attention or time

    "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"

  3. hire, engage, employ(verb)

    engage or hire for work

    "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"

  4. engage(verb)

    ask to represent; of legal counsel

    "I'm retaining a lawyer"

  5. betroth, engage, affiance, plight(verb)

    give to in marriage

  6. engage(verb)

    get caught

    "make sure the gear is engaged"

  7. engage, wage(verb)

    carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)

    "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"

  8. engage, enlist(verb)

    hire for work or assistance

    "engage aid, help, services, or support"

  9. lease, rent, hire, charter, engage, take(verb)

    engage for service under a term of contract

    "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"

  10. engage, mesh, lock, operate(verb)

    keep engaged

    "engaged the gears"


  1. engage(Verb)

    To engross or hold the attention of (someone); to keep busy or occupied.

  2. engage(Verb)

    To draw into conversation.

  3. engage(Verb)

    To attract, to please; to fascinate or win over (someone).

  4. engage(Verb)

    To enter into conflict with (an enemy).

  5. engage(Verb)

    To enter into battle.

  6. engage(Verb)

    To arrange to employ or use (a worker, a space, etc).

  7. engage(Verb)

    To mesh or interlock (of machinery, especially a clutch).

    Whenever I engage the clutch, the car stalls out.

  8. engage(Verb)

    To enter into (an activity), to participate (construed with in).

  9. engage(Verb)

    To guarantee or promise (to do something).

  10. engage(Verb)

    To bind through legal or moral obligation (to do something, especially to marry) (usually in passive).

    They were engaged last month! They're planning to have the wedding next year.

  11. engage(Verb)

    To pledge, pawn (one's property); to put (something) at risk or on the line; to mortgage (houses, land).

  12. Origin: From engagier, from engager, from Old , from an- + wadjōnan, from wadjō, from wadʰ-, equivalent to . Cognate with anwedd, weddian, wetten, veðja. More at wed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Engage(verb)

    to put under pledge; to pledge; to place under obligations to do or forbear doing something, as by a pledge, oath, or promise; to bind by contract or promise

  2. Engage(verb)

    to gain for service; to bring in as associate or aid; to enlist; as, to engage friends to aid in a cause; to engage men for service

  3. Engage(verb)

    to gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw

  4. Engage(verb)

    to employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on

  5. Engage(verb)

    to enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict

  6. Engage(verb)

    to come into gear with; as, the teeth of one cogwheel engage those of another, or one part of a clutch engages the other part

  7. Engage(verb)

    to promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant

  8. Engage(verb)

    to embark in a business; to take a part; to employ or involve one's self; to devote attention and effort; to enlist; as, to engage in controversy

  9. Engage(verb)

    to enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle

  10. Engage(verb)

    to be in gear, as two cogwheels working together

  11. Origin: [F. engager; pref. en- (L. in) + gage pledge, pawn. See Gage.]


  1. Engage

    Engage is an anti-racist organization which publishes materials in opposition to antisemitism, primarily in UK academic institutions. The group is made up of left-wing academics who oppose boycotts of Israel. The organization describes its mission as follows: "Engage challenges left and liberal antisemitism in the labour movement, in our universities and in public life more generally. Antisemitism here, manifests itself mainly as anti-Zionism. We are a resource for the monitoring and the critique of left and liberal antisemitism." Engage was originally founded in response to the decision of the Association of University Teachers to participate in an academic and cultural boycott of Israel. The founders of Engage are David Hirsh, who teaches at Goldsmiths College at the University of London, and Jon Pike, who teaches at the Open University. Hirsh had previously about left and liberal antisemitism for the Guardian Unlimited blog. Well-known supporters include the academic and blogger Norman Geras.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Engage

    en-gāj′, v.t. to bind by a gage or pledge: to render liable: to gain for service: to enlist: to gain over: to betroth: (archit.) to fasten: to win: to occupy: to enter into contest with: (obs.) to entangle.—v.i. to pledge one's word: to become bound: to take a part: to enter into conflict.—p.adj. Engaged′, pledged: promised, esp. in marriage: greatly interested: occupied: (archit.) partly built or sunk into, or so appearing: geared together, interlocked.—n. Engage′ment, act of engaging: state of being engaged: that which engages: betrothal: promise: employment: a fight or battle.—p.adj. Engag′ing, winning: attractive.—adv. Engag′ingly.—Engage for, to answer for. [Fr. engageren gage, in pledge. See Gage.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. engage

    1. In air defense, a fire control order used to direct or authorize units and/or weapon systems to fire on a designated target. See also cease engagement; hold fire. 2. (DOD only) To bring the enemy under fire.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. engage

    To gain for service; to enlist.

  2. engage

    To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'engage' in Verbs Frequency: #441

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of engage in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of engage in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of engage in a Sentence

  1. Marion Ots:

    Basically, I am ready to engage in battle.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    When you engage in work that you love, you are happy.

  3. Mark Zuckerberg:

    People naturally engage with more sensational content.

  4. Dan Hoffman:

    Everyone wants to know the talking points and how to engage.

  5. Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli:

    Most certainly do not engage in ostentation, waste or luxury.

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  • جذبArabic
  • наемам, ангажирам, зацепвам, задължавамBulgarian
  • napadnoutCzech
  • engagereDanish
  • engagierenGerman
  • embragar, contratarSpanish
  • vuokrata, hyökätä, lupautua, [[viedä]] [[mielenkiinto]], käyttää, [[ryhtyä]] [[taisteluun]], mennä kihloihin, työllistää, ryhtyä, [[joutua]] [[taisteluun]], pantata, [[vetää]] [[keskusteluun]], luvata, palkata, kiehtoa, sitoutuaFinnish
  • engager, embrayerFrench
  • fastaidhScottish Gaelic
  • leköt, harcba bocsátkozik, belefogHungarian
  • engajarIdo
  • ingaggiareItalian
  • verlovenDutch
  • заниматьсяRussian
  • uplesti, angažirati se, agnažirati, angažirati, upustiti seSerbo-Croatian
  • thuêVietnamese
  • 从事Chinese

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