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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, "American Students at the Naples Zoí¶logical Station", in Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science, New Series, Volume I, Number 9, http://books.google.com/books?id=DQ0uAAAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA238&dq=%22engage%22 page 238,
    • : He immediately offered, in a most generous way, to 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,http://books.google.com/books?id=VCKibqdWMcAC</sup> Kessinger Publishing (2004), ISBN 1419119893, page 139,
    • : Not a word did Tom lisp about the invitation to supper, but tucked his mother"s arm loyally within his own. "Sorry I forgot to a table!" 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: 
  • Spanish: (t, es, embragar)
    (trans-bottom) (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.))
Etymology: From Old (and modern) French engager (from the same base as English wage).


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