v. t.1.To engage by previous contract; to bind or attach previously; to preoccupy.
[imp. & p. p. Preëngaged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Preëngaging .]
But he was preëngaged by former ties.
- Dryden.
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Jones claims Warren Gatland's men preengage at the scrum knowing that the referee will eventually tire of awarding penalties against them out of fear of being criticised for ruining the game.
Engage first gear and the gearbox will preengage second gear in advance, the second clutch engaging as soon as you flick up to slot instantly into second gear.