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en·gage

engage

 
 
pronunciation:
ihn geIj
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part of speech: verb
inflections: engages, engaging, engaged
definition 1: to get or use the service of; hire.
We engaged a cook for the party.
synonyms:
employ, hire, retain
antonyms:
discharge, dismiss
similar words:
book, busy, charter, contract, enlist, enroll, sign up
definition 2: to get or hold the interest of; occupy.
The magic show engaged the children completely.
synonyms:
absorb, attract, interest, occupy
antonyms:
lose
similar words:
appeal, catch, engross, hold, immerse, intrigue, secure
definition 3: to gain or hold (one's interest or attention).
The story engaged their attention.
synonyms:
draw, secure
definition 4: to battle with.
Our troops engaged the enemy.
synonyms:
battle, encounter, fight
similar words:
affront, confront
definition 5: to take part in; involve oneself.
She engaged in the relief effort after the hurricane.
synonyms:
participate, share
definition 6: to promise (oneself or another), especially with the aim of entering into marriage.
She engaged herself to her boyfriend without thinking, and later she called off the engagement.The king engaged his son to a princess of a neighboring kingdom when the prince was just a boy.
similar words:
commit, pledge, promise, undertake
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