Engage Definition

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[v] get caught; as of gears
[v] engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
[v] give to, in marriage
[v] as to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer"
[v] keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
[v] 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?"
[v] as of aid, help, services, or support
[v] carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"
[v] as of wars, battles, or campaigns; "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"
[v] engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"


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Misc. Definitions

\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.
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.
3. To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw. Good nature engages everybody to him. --Addison.
4. To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on. Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage. --Pope. Taking upon himself the difficult task of engaging him in conversation. --Hawthorne.
5. To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict. A favorable opportunity of engaging the enemy. --Ludlow.
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.
\En*gage"\, v. i.
1. To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant. How proper the remedy for the malady, I engage not. --Fuller.
2. To embark in a business; to take a part; to employ or involve one's self; to devote attention and effort; to enlist; as, to engage in controversy.
3. To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.
4. (Mach.) To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.

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