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en·gaged

 (ĕn-gājd′)
adj.
1. Employed, occupied, or busy.
2. Committed, as to a cause.
3. Pledged to marry; betrothed: an engaged couple.
4. Involved in conflict or battle.
5. Being in gear; meshed.
6. Partly embedded in, built into, or attached to another part, as columns on a wall.

engaged

(ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd)
adj
1. pledged to be married; betrothed
2. employed, occupied, or busy
3. (Architecture) architect built against or attached to a wall or similar structure: an engaged column.
4. (Telecommunications) (of a telephone line) already in use
engagedly adv

en•gaged

(ɛnˈgeɪdʒd)

adj.
1. busy or occupied.
2. pledged to be married; betrothed: an engaged couple.
3. committed or involved.
4. involved in conflict with.
5.
a. (of gears) interlocked.
b. (of wheels) in gear with each other.
6. built so as to be or appear to be attached to or partly embedded in a wall: an engaged column.
[1605–15]
en•gag′ed•ly, adv.
en•gag′ed•ness, n.

engaged

When two people have agreed to marry each other, or have announced formally that they are going to be married, you can say that they are engaged.

They were not officially engaged.
...an engaged couple.

You can also say that each person is engaged.

He's just got engaged.
As an engaged girl, she would be unable to accept invitations from other men.

You say that someone is engaged to the person they are going to marry.

Sonny was formally engaged to Sandra.

engaged

(phone line) busy
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.engaged - having ones attention or mind or energy engaged; "she keeps herself fully occupied with volunteer activities"; "deeply engaged in conversation"
busy - actively or fully engaged or occupied; "busy with her work"; "a busy man"; "too busy to eat lunch"
2.engaged - involved in military hostilities; "the desperately engaged ships continued the fight"
involved - connected by participation or association or use; "we accomplished nothing, simply because of the large number of people involved"; "the problems involved"; "the involved muscles"; "I don't want to get involved"; "everyone involved in the bribery case has been identified"
3.engaged - reserved in advance
reserved - set aside for the use of a particular person or party
4.engaged - (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line); "her line is busy"; "receptionists' telephones are always engaged"; "the lavatory is in use"; "kept getting a busy signal"
occupied - held or filled or in use; "she keeps her time well occupied"; "the wc is occupied"
5.engaged - (used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interactingengaged - (used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interacting; "the gears are engaged"; "meshed gears"; "intermeshed twin rotors"
geared - equipped with or connected by gears or having gears engaged
6.engaged - having services contracted for; "the carpenter engaged (or employed) for the job is sick"
employed - having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary; "most of our graduates are employed"
7.engaged - built against or attached to a wall; "engaged columns"
architecture - the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings; "architecture and eloquence are mixed arts whose end is sometimes beauty and sometimes use"
connected - joined or linked together

engaged

adjective
1. occupied, working, involved, committed, employed, busy, absorbed, tied up, preoccupied, engrossed the various projects he was engaged on
2. betrothed, promised, pledged, affianced, promised in marriage He was engaged to Miss Julia Boardman.
betrothed free, available, unattached, uncommitted, fancy-free
3. in use, busy, tied up, unavailable We tried to phone you back but the line was engaged.
in use free, available

engaged

adjective
1. Involved in activity or work:
2. Pledged to marry:
Translations
مَخْطوب، مَخْطوبَهمُشَغَّل، مُنْشَغِلمَشْغولمَشْغُول
zapojený
beskæftigetforlovetoptaget af
kiireinen
uključen u
eljegyzett
taka òátt ítrúlofaîurupptekinn
婚約している
바쁜
zasnúbený
zaročenzaseden
upptagen
มีส่วนร่วม
mắc bận

engaged

[ɪnˈgeɪdʒd]
A. ADJ
1. to be engaged (= busy) [seat, person] → estar ocupado (Brit) [toilet] → estar ocupado
to be engaged inestar ocupado en, dedicarse a
what are you engaged in?¿a qué se dedica Vd?
2. (Brit) (Telec) to be engagedestar comunicando or (LAm) ocupado
3. to be engaged (to be married)estar prometido; [2 persons] → estar prometidos, ser novios
they've been engaged for two yearsllevan dos años de relaciones formales
to get engagedprometerse (to con) the engaged couplelos novios
B. CPD engaged signal, engaged tone Nseñal f de comunicando or (LAm) ocupado

engaged

[ɪnˈgeɪdʒd] adj
(British) (= busy, in use) [toilet] → occupé(e); [phone, line] → occupé(e)
I phoned, but it was engaged → J'ai téléphoné, mais c'était occupé.
(= occupied) [person] to be engaged in research → faire de la recherche
to be engaged in a survey → faire une enquête
to be engaged in doing sth → être occupé(e) à faire qch
(= betrothed) → fiancé(e)
to be engaged to sb → être fiancé(e) à qn
She's engaged to Brian → Elle est fiancée à Brian.
to get engaged → se fiancer
to get engaged to sb → se fiancer à qnengaged tone n (British) (on the phone)tonalité f "occupé"

engaged

adj
(= betrothed) engaged (to be married)verlobt (to mit); the engaged coupledie Verlobten pl; to get or become engaged (to somebody)sich (mit jdm) verloben
toilet, seat, taxibesetzt; (Brit Telec) line, number, telephonebesetzt
(form: = busy) personbeschäftigt; to be otherwise engaged (at future time) → etwas anderes vorhaben; (at present) → anderweitig beschäftigt sein; to be engaged in somethingmit etw beschäftigt sein; in criminal activitiesin etw (acc)verwickelt sein; the parties engaged in the disputedie am Streit beteiligten Parteien; to be engaged in doing somethingdabei sein, etw zu tun; we are actively engaged in trying to find a solutionwir bemühen uns aktiv um eine Lösung; to be engaged on somethingmit etw befasst or beschäftigt sein

engaged

[ɪnˈgeɪdʒd] adj
a. (to be married) → fidanzato/a
to get engaged → fidanzarsi
b. (occupied) to be engaged in doing sthessere impegnato/a a fare qc
she is engaged in research/a survey → si occupa di ricerca/di un'inchiesta
to be engaged on sth → occuparsi di qc
c. (Brit) (phone number, lavatory) → occupato/a

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.

engaged

مَشْغُول zapojený optaget af beschäftigt δεσμευμένος comprometido, ocupado kiireinen occupé uključen u occupato 婚約している 바쁜 betrokken opptatt zajęty envolvido занятой upptagen มีส่วนร่วม meşgul mắc bận 使用中的

engaged

a. encajado-a, ajustado-a, conectado-a; [undertaken] comprometido-a.
References in classic literature ?
Her older sisters were very fine young ladies, and one was engaged, which was extremely interesting and romantic, Meg thought.
In the dense blotch of light beneath the table, the kneeling figure looked like a priest engaged in some service of his church.
This he did, stopping at the home of Mary Nestor, a pretty girl, who, rumor had it, was tacitly engaged to Tom.
While he was thus engaged, he whistled softly to himself, or teasingly pulled at his half-ear.
She read a letter from her sister, who was away in the East, and who had engaged herself to be married.
The former was seated on the end of a mossy log, in a posture that permitted him to heighten the effect of his earnest language, by the calm but expressive gestures of an Indian engaged in debate.
Of course we COULD do without an escort; but forgive my speaking so frankly, are YOU engaged this afternoon?
Later, he had engaged in politics, and served a part of two terms in Congress, besides making a considerable figure in both branches of the State legislature.
But the salary offered much exceeded her modest measure, and on a second interview she faced the music, she engaged.
Do you pretend to say, landlord, that this harpooneer is actually engaged this blessed Saturday night, or rather Sunday morning, in peddling his head around this town?
He lived at Bath, and was much engaged in business.
And always coming to school or when we're going home, you're to walk with me, when there ain't anybody looking -- and you choose me and I choose you at parties, because that's the way you do when you're engaged.