Complete Definition of "engage"

see|engagé
English

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Etymology
From Old (and modern) French engager (from the same base as English wage).

Pronunciation
IPA|/ɪn'geɪʤ/
Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-eɪdÊ|-eɪdÊ

Verb
en-verb|engag|ing

  1. transitive To pledge, to put something at risk or on the line.
  2. intransitive To guarantee or promise (to do something.)
  3. transitive To bind through legal or moral obligation (to do something, especially to marry) (usually in passive)
  4. transitive To engross or hold the attention of someone.
  5. context|transitive|archaic To fascinate or win over someone.
  6. transitive To employ or obtain the services of someone.
  7. rfv-sense transitive To reserve or arrange the use of.

#* 1895 March 1, Henry F. Osborn, âAmerican Students at the Naples Zoölogical Stationâ, in Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, New Series, Volume I, Number 9, page 238,
#*: He immediately offered, in a most generous way, to engage a table for his countrymen, and asked me not to admit any more Americans to the European tables.
#* 1902, w:Margaret Sidney|Margaret Sidney, w:Five Little Peppers|Five Little Peppers Abroad,<sup>1</sup> Kessinger Publishing (2004), ISBN 1419119893, page 139,
#*: Not a word did Tom lisp about the invitation to supper, but tucked his motherâs arm loyally within his own. âSorry I forgot to engage a table!â he exclaimed, as they entered the restaurant.

  1. rfv-sense context|transitive|obsolete To ensnare or physically entangle.
  2. To mesh or interlock (of machinery, especially a clutch.)
  3. intransitive To enter into (an activity), to participate (+ in.)
  4. transitive To keep busy or occupied.
  5. transitive To attract, to draw into conversation.
  6. transitive To enter into conflict with (an enemy).
  7. intransitive To enter into battle.
  8. To bring together or prepare before fighting.
  9. military In air defense, a fire control order used to direct or authorize units and/or weapon systems to fire on a designated target. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
  10. military To bring the enemy under fire. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).

rfc|recombine numerous duplicate senses

Translations
trans-top|To pledge, to put something at risk or on the line
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trans-top|To guarantee or promise (to do something.)
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trans-top|To bind through legal or moral obligation
Finnish: sitoutua, lupautua
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trans-top|To engross or hold the attention of someone
Finnish: pitää yllä joku|jonkun mielenkiintoa
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trans-top|To fascinate or win over someone
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trans-top|To employ or obtain the services of someone
Finnish: palkata
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trans-top|To reserve or arrange the use of something
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trans-top|To ensnare or physically entangle
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trans-top|To mesh or interlock
Finnish: kytkeä
trans-mid
Spanish: t|es|embragar
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trans-top|To enter into (an activity), to participate (+ in.)
trans-mid
trans-bottom

trans-top|To keep busy or occupied
trans-mid
trans-bottom

trans-top|To attract, to draw into conversation
trans-mid
trans-bottom

trans-top|To enter into conflict with (an enemy.)
Finnish: hyökätä, ryhtyä taistelu|taisteluun
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trans-top|To enter into battle
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trans-top|To bring together or prepare before fighting
trans-mid
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trans-top|In air defense, a fire control order used to direct or authorize units and/or weapon systems to fire on a designated target
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trans-top|To bring the enemy under fire
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See also
cease engagement
hold fire


French

Pronunciation
IPA|/ÉÌgaÊ/

Verb
engage

  1. first-, third-person singular indicative present of engager
  2. first-, third-person singular sunjunctive present of engager
  3. second-person singular imperative of engager

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