Engage
Engage En*gage", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Engaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Engaging}.] [F. engager; pref. en- (L. in) + gage pledge, pawn. See {Gage}.] 1. To put under pledge; to pledge; to place under obligations to do or forbear doing something, as by a pledge, oath, or promise; to bind by contract or promise. ``I to thee engaged a prince's word.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To gain for service; to bring in as associate or aid; to enlist; as, to engage friends to aid in a cause; to engage men for service. [1913 Webster]

3. To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw. [1913 Webster]

Good nature engages everybody to him. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

4. To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on. [1913 Webster]

Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Taking upon himself the difficult task of engaging him in conversation. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

5. To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict. [1913 Webster]

A favorable opportunity of engaging the enemy. --Ludlow. [1913 Webster]

6. (Mach.) To come into gear with; as, the teeth of one cogwheel engage those of another, or one part of a clutch engages the other part. [1913 Webster]


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  • engagé — engagé, ée (an ga jé, jée) part. passé. 1°   Mis en gage. Des effets engagés au mont de piété.    Domaine engagé, domaine que le souverain concède avec la faculté d y rentrer en remboursant le prix ; ainsi dit parce que, sous l ancienne monarchie …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • engage — [en gāj′, ingāj′] vt. engaged, engaging [ME engagen < OFr engagier: see EN 1 & GAGE1] 1. Obs. to give or assign as security for a debt, etc. 2. to bind (oneself) by a promise; pledge; specif. (now only in the passive), to bind by a promise of… …   English World dictionary

  • engage — en‧gage [ɪnˈgeɪdʒ] verb [transitive] formal to arrange to employ someone or to pay someone to do something for you: engage somebody to do something • You will need to engage a commercial lawyer to protect your interests in the drafting of a… …   Financial and business terms

  • engage — I (hire) verb appoint, arrange for the services of, arrange for the use of, bind, book, charter, commission, conducere, contract for, employ, enlist, enlist in one s service, fill a position, give a job to, give a situation to, give employment to …   Law dictionary

  • engage — [v1] hire for job, use appoint, bespeak, book, bring on board*, charter, come on board*, commission, contract, employ, enlist, enroll, ink*, lease, place, prearrange, put on, rent, reserve, retain, secure, sign on, sign up, take on, truck with*;… …   New thesaurus

  • Engage — may refer to:* Engagement in preparation for marriage* Engage (organization), a UK based political organization * Engage (visual arts), the UK National Association for Gallery Education [http://www.engage.org] * N Gage, a smartphone and handheld… …   Wikipedia

  • Engage — En*gage , v. i. 1. To promise or pledge one s self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant. [1913 Webster] How proper the remedy for the malady, I engage not. Fuller. [1913 Webster] 2. To embark in a business; to take a part; to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • engage — ► VERB 1) attract or involve (someone s interest or attention). 2) (engage in/with) participate or become involved in. 3) chiefly Brit. employ or hire. 4) enter into a contract to do. 5) enter into combat with. 6) (with reference to a part of a… …   English terms dictionary

  • engagé — /ãga ʒe/, it. /anga ʒe/ agg. fr. [part. pass. di engager impegnare ], in ital. invar. (artist., crit.) [con riferimento a letterati e artisti o alla letteratura e all arte, che partecipa attivamente alla vita politico civile] ▶◀ impegnato,… …   Enciclopedia Italiana

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