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en·gage

 (ĕn-gāj′)
v. en·gaged, en·gag·ing, en·gag·es
v.tr.
1. To obtain or contract for the services of; employ: engage a carpenter.
2. To arrange for the use of; reserve: engage a room. See Synonyms at book1.
3. To pledge or promise, especially to marry: was engaged to a famous actor.
4. To attract and hold the attention of; engross: a hobby that engaged her for hours at a time.
5. To win over or attract: His smile engages everyone he meets.
6. To draw into; involve: engage a shy person in conversation.
7. To require the use of; occupy: Studying engages most of my time.
8. To enter or bring into conflict with: We have engaged the enemy.
9. To interlock or cause to interlock; mesh: engage the automobile's clutch.
10. To give or take as security.
v.intr.
1. To involve oneself or become occupied; participate: engage in conversation.
2. To assume an obligation; agree.
3. To enter into conflict or battle: The armies engaged at dawn.
4. To become meshed or interlocked: The gears engaged.

[Middle English engagen, to pledge something as security for repayment of debt, from Old French engagier : en-, in; see en-1 + gage, pledge, of Germanic origin.]

en·gag′er n.

en·ga·gé

 (ĕn′gä-zhā′)
adj.
Actively committed, as to a political cause.

[French, past participle of engager, to engage, from Old French engagier, to pledge; see engage.]

engage

(ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ)
vb (mainly tr)
1. to secure the services of; employ
2. to secure for use; reserve: engage a room.
3. to involve (a person or his or her attention) intensely; engross; occupy
4. to attract (the affection) of (a person): her innocence engaged him.
5. to draw (somebody) into conversation
6. (intr) to take part; participate: he engages in many sports.
7. to promise (to do something)
8. (Military) (also intr) military to begin an action with (an enemy)
9. (Mechanical Engineering) to bring (a mechanism) into operation: he engaged the clutch.
10. (Mechanical Engineering) (also intr) to undergo or cause to undergo interlocking, as of the components of a driving mechanism, such as a gear train
11. (Mechanical Engineering) machinery to locate (a locking device) in its operative position or to advance (a tool) into a workpiece to commence cutting
[C15: from Old French engagier, from en-1 + gage a pledge, see gage1]
enˈgager n

engagé

(ɑ̃ɡaʒe)
adj
(Art Terms) (of a writer or artist, esp a man) morally or politically committed to some ideology

en•gage

(ɛnˈgeɪdʒ)

v. -gaged, -gag•ing. v.t.
1. to occupy the attention or efforts of; involve: He engaged her in conversation.
2. to secure for aid, employment, or use; hire.
3. to attract and hold fast: The book engaged my attention.
4. to attract or please.
5. to bind, as by a pledge or promise; make liable.
6. to bind by a pledge to marry; betroth (usu. used in the passive).
7. to enter into conflict with.
8. to cause (gears or the like) to become interlocked; interlock with.
9. to attach or secure.
v.i.
10. to occupy oneself; become involved: to engage in politics.
11. to take employment.
12. to assume an obligation.
13. to enter into conflict.
14. (of gears) to interlock.
[1515–25; < Middle French engager, Old French engagier]
en•gag′er, n.

en•ga•gé

(Fr. ɑ̃ gaˈʒeɪ)

adj.
involved in or committed to something, as a political cause.
[1950–55; < French: literally, engaged]

engage

1. In air defense, a fire control order used to direct or authorize units and/or weapon systems to fire on a designated target. See also cease engagement; hold fire.
2. (DOD only) To bring the enemy under fire.

engage


Past participle: engaged
Gerund: engaging

Imperative
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Present
I engage
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he/she/it engages
we engage
you engage
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Preterite
I engaged
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we engaged
you engaged
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Present Continuous
I am engaging
you are engaging
he/she/it is engaging
we are engaging
you are engaging
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Present Perfect
I have engaged
you have engaged
he/she/it has engaged
we have engaged
you have engaged
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Past Continuous
I was engaging
you were engaging
he/she/it was engaging
we were engaging
you were engaging
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Past Perfect
I had engaged
you had engaged
he/she/it had engaged
we had engaged
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Future
I will engage
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Future Perfect
I will have engaged
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we will have engaged
you will have engaged
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Future Continuous
I will be engaging
you will be engaging
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we will be engaging
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been engaging
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we have been engaging
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been engaging
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we will have been engaging
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been engaging
you had been engaging
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Conditional
I would engage
you would engage
he/she/it would engage
we would engage
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Past Conditional
I would have engaged
you would have engaged
he/she/it would have engaged
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.engage - carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"
practice, commit - engage in or perform; "practice safe sex"; "commit a random act of kindness"
close - engage at close quarters; "close with the enemy"
politick - engage in political activities; "This colleague is always politicking"
2.engage - consume all of one's attention or time; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
involve - occupy or engage the interest of; "His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
consume - engage fully; "The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy"
rivet - hold (someone's attention); "The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"
interest - excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
3.engage - engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"
featherbed - hire more workers than are necessary
fill - appoint someone to (a position or a job)
engage - ask to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer"
ship - hire for work on a ship
sign on, sign up, contract, sign - engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season"
rat - employ scabs or strike breakers in
farm out, subcontract, job - arranged for contracted work to be done by others
4.engage - ask to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer"
hire, employ, engage - engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"
5.engage - give to in marriageengage - give to in marriage      
vow - make a vow; promise; "He vowed never to drink alcohol again"
6.engage - get caught; "make sure the gear is engaged"
lock - become rigid or immoveable; "The therapist noticed that the patient's knees tended to lock in this exercise"
touch - make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband"
disengage - become free; "in neutral, the gears disengage"
7.engage - carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)engage - carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns); "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"
fight, struggle, contend - be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country"
put up, provide, offer - mount or put up; "put up a good fight"; "offer resistance"
8.engage - hire for work or assistance; "engage aid, help, services, or support"
procure, secure - get by special effort; "He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed"
recruit - seek to employ; "The lab director recruited an able crew of assistants"
9.engage - engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"
acquire, get - come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work"
10.engage - keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
flip, switch, throw - cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation; "switch on the light"; "throw the lever"
ride - keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot; "Don't ride the clutch!"
move, displace - cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant"
disengage, withdraw - release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles; "I want to disengage myself from his influence"; "disengage the gears"

engage

verb
1. (with in) participate in, join in, take part in, undertake, practise, embark on, enter into, become involved in, set about, partake of They continue to engage in terrorist activities.
2. captivate, win, draw, catch, arrest, fix, attract, capture, charm, attach, fascinate, enchant, allure, enamour He engaged us with tales of his adventures.
3. occupy, involve, draw, busy, grip, absorb, tie up, preoccupy, immerse, engross He tried to engage me in conversation.
4. employ, commission, appoint, take on, hire, retain, recruit, enlist, enrol, put on the payroll We have been able to engage some staff.
employ remove, dismiss, sack (informal), fire (informal), axe (informal), discharge, oust, lay off, give notice to, give someone his or her P45 (informal)
5. book, reserve, secure, hire, rent, charter, lease, prearrange He managed to engage a room for the night.
6. interlock, join, interact, mesh, interconnect, dovetail Press the lever until you hear the catch engage.
7. set going, apply, trigger, activate, switch on, energize, bring into operation Show me how to engage the four-wheel drive.
8. (Military) begin battle with, attack, take on, encounter, combat, fall on, battle with, meet, fight with, assail, face off (slang), wage war on, join battle with, give battle to, come to close quarters with They could engage the enemy beyond the range of the torpedoes.

engage

verb
1. To obtain the use or services of:
Idiom: put on the payroll.
2. To cause to be set aside, as for one's use, in advance:
3. To assume an obligation:
4. To get and hold the attention of:
5. To involve (someone) in an activity:
6. To involve oneself in (an activity):
Idiom: take part.
7. To make busy:
8. To cause to be busy or in use:
9. To enter into conflict with:
Idiom: do battle with.
10. To come or bring together and interlock:
Translations
يَتَعاقَد مع ، يَحْجِزيَشْتَبِكيَشَغِّليُشَغِّليُشْغِل إنْتِباه
napadnout
angribeansætteengagerefangelægge beslag på
kytkeäpalkata
leköt
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įdarbinimasįdarbintisimpatiškassusižiedavęs
aizrunātatklāt uguniiedarbinātiepriekš pasūtītpieņemt darbā
rezervovať si
zaplesti se
çarpışmaya girmekçekmekgeçirmekiş vermekişe almak

engage

[ɪnˈgeɪdʒ]
A. VT
1. (= hire) [+ servant, lawyer, worker] → contratar
2. (= attract) [+ attention] → llamar, captar
3. (= occupy) [+ attention, interest] → ocupar
to engage sb in conversationentablar conversación con algn
to engage the enemy in battleentablar batalla or combate con el enemigo
4. (Mech) [+ cog] → engranar con; [+ coupling] → acoplar; [+ gear] → meter
to engage the clutchembragar
B. VI
1. to engage in [+ discussion] → entablar; [+ politics] → meterse en; [+ sport] → tomar parte en
2. (= initiate battle) → entablar batalla, entablar combate
3. (Mech) → engranar (with con)

engagé

[ɑ̃ːŋgæˈʒeɪ] ADJ [writer, artist] → comprometido

engage

[ɪnˈgeɪdʒ]
vt
(= capture) [+ attention] → retenir; [+ interest] → éveiller; [+ emotions] → susciter
(= capture the attention of) [+ person, audience, reader] → intéresser
(= talk to) to engage sb in conversation → engager la conversation avec qn
(= employ) [+ lawyer] → prendre; [+ consultant] → engager; [+ sb's services] → engager
[+ mechanism] → mettre en marche
to engage the clutch [vehicle] → embrayer
(MILITARY) [+ enemy] → engager le combat avec
vi
[mechanism] → s'enclencher
engage in
vt fus (= take part in) [+ activity] → se livrer à; [+ study, research] → prendre part à; [+ debate, dialogue] → s'engager dans
to engage in commerce → exercer une activité commerciale
to engage in sexual intercourse → avoir des rapports sexuels

engage

vt
servant, workersanstellen, einstellen; singer, performerengagieren; lawyersich (dat)nehmen; to engage the services of somebodyjdn anstellen/engagieren; of lawyersich (dat)jdn nehmen
roommieten, sich (dat)nehmen
attention, interestin Anspruch nehmen; to engage somebody in conversationjdn in ein Gespräch verwickeln
to engage oneself to do something (form)sich verpflichten, etw zu tun
the enemyangreifen, den Kampf eröffnen gegen
(Tech) gear wheelsineinandergreifen lassen; to engage a gear (Aut) → einen Gang einlegen; to engage the clutch(ein)kuppeln; to engage four-wheel driveden Allradantrieb zuschalten
vi
(form, = promise) → sich verpflichten (to do zu tun)
(gear wheels)ineinandergreifen; (clutch)fassen
to engage in somethingsich an etw (dat)beteiligen; to engage in conversationsich unterhalten; to engage in politicssich politisch betätigen; to engage with somebody/somethingmit jdm/etw in Beziehung treten; to engage in competition with somebodyin Wettbewerb mit jdm treten
(Mil) → angreifen; to engage with the enemyden Feind angreifen

engage

[ɪnˈgeɪdʒ]
1. vt (occupy, attention, interest) → assorbire; (attract, attention) → attrarre; (hire, servant, worker) → assumere; (actor) → ingaggiare; (lawyer) → incaricare; (reserve, room) → prenotare (Mil) (enemy) → attaccare
to engage to do sth → impegnarsi a fare qc
to engage sb in conversation → attaccare conversazione con qn
to engage gear/the clutch (Tech) → innestare la marcia/la frizione
2. vi (Tech) → innestarsi, ingranare
to engage in (discussion, politics) → impegnarsi in

engage

(inˈgeidʒ) verb
1. to begin to employ (a workman etc). He engaged him as his assistant.
2. to book; to reserve. He has engaged an entertainer for the children's party.
3. to take hold of or hold fast; to occupy. to engage someone's attention.
4. to join battle with. The two armies were fiercely engaged.
5. to (cause part of a machine etc to) fit into and lock with another part. The driver engaged second gear.
enˈgaged adjective
1. bound by promise (especially to marry). She became engaged to John.
2. (with in) employed or occupied. She is engaged in social work.
3. busy; not free; occupied. Please come if you are not already engaged for that evening; The room / telephone line is engaged.
enˈgagement noun
the engagement of three new assistants; When shall we announce our engagement?; Have you any engagements tomorrow?; a naval engagement (= battle); (also adjective) an engagement ring.
enˈgaging adjective
attractive. an engaging smile.

engage

vt. encajar, ajustar, conectar; [in a relationship] comprometerse.
References in classic literature ?
Jo saw a big red headed youth approaching her corner, and fearing he meant to engage her, she slipped into a curtained recess, intending to peep and enjoy herself in peace.
To travel and make explorations or to start trade, and professors do not usually engage in trade," and he bowed to Professor Bumper.
He would need more men, and if it were agreeable to everyone he would engage Ambrosch for the reaping and threshing, as the Shimerdas had no small grain of their own.
In the way of literary talk, it is true, the Naval Officer -- an excellent fellow, who came into the office with me, and went out only a little later -- would often engage me in a discussion about one or the other of his favourite topics, Napoleon or Shakespeare.
That, for myself, was a sound simplification: I could engage that, to the world, my face should tell no tales, but it would have been, in the conditions, an immense added strain to find myself anxious about hers.
I began to think it was high time to settle with myself at what terms I would be willing to engage for the voyage.
I will go over to Michael Cross, and engage him to come behind on his swift nag, and keep a bright lookout on the road, and warn us if any company of men come on.
It is not a man's duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even to most enormous, wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support.
Not that I would ever engage in it as a business, for I wouldn't.
It was no pleasure to me to find the chamois out, for he had been one of my pet illusions; all my life it had been my dream to see him in his native wilds some day, and engage in the adventurous sport of chasing him from cliff to cliff.
Here is Brace Dunlap--let him deny his share of it if he wants to take the chance; I'll engage to make him wish he hadn't said anything.
He volunteered also to engage a woman to sleep at the farm in case Mrs.