What does engage mean?

Definitions for engage
ɛnˈgeɪdʒen·gage

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. prosecute, engage, pursueverb

    carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

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

  2. absorb, engross, engage, occupyverb

    consume all of one's attention or time

    "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"

  3. hire, engage, employverb

    engage or hire for work

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

  4. engageverb

    ask to represent; of legal counsel

    "I'm retaining a lawyer"

  5. betroth, engage, affiance, plightverb

    give to in marriage

  6. engageverb

    get caught

    "make sure the gear is engaged"

  7. engage, wageverb

    carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)

    "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"

  8. engage, enlistverb

    hire for work or assistance

    "engage aid, help, services, or support"

  9. lease, rent, hire, charter, engage, takeverb

    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, operateverb

    keep engaged

    "engaged the gears"

Wiktionary

  1. engageverb

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

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

  2. engageverb

    To draw into conversation.

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

  3. engageverb

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

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

  4. engageverb

    To enter into conflict with (an enemy).

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

  5. engageverb

    To enter into battle.

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

  6. engageverb

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

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

  7. engageverb

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

    Whenever I engage the clutch, the car stalls out.

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

  8. engageverb

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

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

  9. engageverb

    To guarantee or promise (to do something).

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

  10. engageverb

    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.

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

  11. engageverb

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

    Etymology: 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. Engageverb

    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

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

  2. Engageverb

    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

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

  3. Engageverb

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

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

  4. Engageverb

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

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

  5. Engageverb

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

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

  6. Engageverb

    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

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

  7. Engageverb

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

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

  8. Engageverb

    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

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

  9. Engageverb

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

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

  10. Engageverb

    to be in gear, as two cogwheels working together

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

Freebase

  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.

Editors Contribution

  1. engage

    To interact and communicate.

    So many people are engaged in politics and are inspired and motivated to make a difference.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 4, 2020  

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  1. Verbs Frequency

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

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Numerology

  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. Susan Rice:

    I know that some people question why we host China at all. That's a dangerous and short-sighted view, if we sought to punish China by canceling meetings or refusing to engage them, we would only be punishing ourselves.

  2. Dorothy Yang:

    Over the past 30 years mortality trends( for melanoma) have increased in most countries, there is evidence that suggests men are less likely to protect themselves from the sun or engage with melanoma awareness and prevention campaigns.

  3. Chris Doyle:

    The designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization will not help this conflict be resolved in any sense, and actually risks prolonging it, there are risks that the Houthi hardliners will feel empowered to turn towards Iran more. They will be unwilling to engage in diplomatic processes or backchannels to Saudi Arabia.

  4. Hillary Clinton:

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, first of all, under Dodd-Frank, that is what will happen because we now have stress tests and I'm going to impose a risk fee on the big bank if they engage in risky behavior but they have to know, their shareholders have to know that yes, they will fail and if they're too big to fail. Then under my plan and others that have been proposed, they may have to be broken up.

  5. Amy Coney Barrett:

    Any opinion that I would express, and I don't mean to signal that I disagree with the statement either, what I mean to say is I'm not going to express an opinion because these are very charged issues, they have been litigated in the courts so I will not engage on that question.

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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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