What does engagement mean?

Definitions for engagement
ɛnˈgeɪdʒ mənten·gage·ment

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. battle, conflict, fight, engagementnoun

    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, engagementnoun

    a meeting arranged in advance

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

  3. betrothal, troth, engagementnoun

    a mutual promise to marry

  4. employment, engagementnoun

    the act of giving someone a job

  5. engagement, bookingnoun

    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, interlockingnoun

    contact by fitting together

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

  7. engagement, participation, involvement, involutionnoun

    the act of sharing in the activities of a group

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


  1. engagementnoun

    an appointment, especially to speak or perform

    The lecturer has three speaking engagements this week.

  2. engagementnoun

    connection or attachment

    Check the gears for full engagement before turning the handle.

  3. engagementnoun

    (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. engagementnoun

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

  5. Etymology: engagement

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Engagementnoun

    Etymology: from engage; engagement, French.

    We have, in expence of blood, exceeded our engagements. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.

    This practice may be obvious to any who impartially, and without engagement, is at the pains to examine. Jonathan Swift.

    Play, either by our too constant or too long engagement in it, becomes like an employment or profession. John Rogers, Serm.

    Our army, led by valiant Torrismond,
    Is now in hot engagement with the Moors. Dryden.

    Encourag’d by despair, or obstinate
    To fall like men in arms, some dare renew
    Feeble engagement, meeting glorious fate
    On the firm land. Phillips.

    This is the greatest engagement not to forfeit an opportunity. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Engagementnoun

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

  2. Engagementnoun

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

  3. Engagementnoun

    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. Engagementnoun

    an action; a fight; a battle

  5. Engagementnoun

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. engagement

    In a naval sense, implies a battle at sea, or an action of hostility between single ships, squadrons, or fleets of men-of-war. Also, a conflict between two contending armies.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. engagement

    A general action or battle, whether by land or sea.

Editors Contribution

  1. engagement

    A choice people make together to marry.

    WE both chose to marry as we love each other to the depth of our hearts and souls and choose to spend our lives together.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 16, 2020  

  2. engagement

    A proposal of marriage.

    Her partner proposed to her and she skipped with joy and was over the moon.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 28, 2019  

  3. engagement

    The act and process of to engage.

    The managers style of engagement with the employees is of equality, worth and value.

    Submitted by MaryC on August 18, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of engagement in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of engagement in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of engagement in a Sentence

  1. Senate President Bukola Saraki:

    It is in times like this, when we are challenged from all sides that we need to develop new relationships and cultivate more friends. No one can clap with one hand and expect to be heard. This is the time when compromise, engagement is the tool necessary for successful collaboration and cooperation.

  2. Brian Elliott:

    Engagement is what makes Slack work — you can't transform a workplace if people aren't actually using the product.

  3. Jerry Moran:

    I'm not there yet, i'm still interested in working to see if we can find a quality, bipartisan infrastructure plan. I want to be involved in that engagement and effort. But I'm still troubled by the statements of Speaker Pelosi. ... It doesn't seem the right kind of negotiating tactic to say,' Yeah, I'll support a bipartisan plan, only as long as I get a vote on everything else I want.'.

  4. Huzaifah Khaled:

    We want our low-cost solution to complement other services that are available, as engagement with professionals and local support services is instrumental to breaking the cycle of homelessness, and getting these men and women off the streets for good.

  5. Ned Price:

    India is enduring a deeply concerning outbreak and the entire country has been affected. We obviously do have a large diplomatic presence within India, it is tantamount to the deep engagement and partnership we have with India, but I'm not in a position to speak to any cases within our staff or embassy community.

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    assist or encourage, usually in some wrongdoing
    • A. abrade
    • B. abet
    • C. aberrate
    • D. huff

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