- (countable) an appointment, especially to speak or perform
Etymology: French, engagement
- The lecturer has three speaking engagements this week.
- (uncountable) connection or attachment
- Check the gears for full before turning the handle.
- (countable or uncountable) the period of time when marriage is planned or promised
- We are enjoying a long , but haven't yet set a date.
- (fencing) the point at which the fencers are close enough to join blades, or to make an effective attack during an encounter
- (military) 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"s subsequent travel to intercept. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
- (military) A tactical conflict, usually between opposing lower echelons maneuver forces. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
- (military) In naval paralance, the use of a munition, weapon or decoy to carry out an offensive or defensive action.
- In any situation of conflict, an actual instance of active hostilities.
- The resulted in may causualties.
- After enagement it quickly became clear which of the fencers was going to prevail.
(rfc, numerous duplicate senses)
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