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  1. (countable) an appointment, especially to speak or perform
The lecturer has three speaking engagements this week.
  1. (uncountable) connection or attachment
Check the gears for full before turning the handle.
  1. (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.
  1. (fencing) the point at which the fencers are close enough to join blades, or to make an effective attack during an encounter
  2. (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).
  3. (military) A tactical conflict, usually between opposing lower echelons maneuver forces. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
  4. (military) In naval paralance, the use of a munition, weapon or decoy to carry out an offensive or defensive action.
  5. 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)
    Etymology: French, engagement

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