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[n] employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time; "the play had bookings throughout the summer"
[n] a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
[n] the act of giving someone a job
[n] the act sharing in the activities of a group; "the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"
[n] a mutual promise to marry
[n] contact by fitting together; "the engagement of the clutch"; "the meshing of gears"
[n] a meeting arranged in advance; "she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date"


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Misc. Definitions

\En*gage"ment\, n. [Cf. F. engagement.]
1. The act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or entering into contest.
2. The state of being engaged, pledged or occupied; specif., a pledge to take some one as husband or wife.
3. That which engages; engrossing occupation; employment of the attention; obligation by pledge, promise, or contract; an enterprise embarked in; as, his engagements prevented his acceptance of any office. Religion, which is the chief engagement of our league. --Milton.
4. (Mil.) An action; a fight; a battle. In hot engagement with the Moors. --Dryden.
5. (Mach.) The state of being in gear; as, one part of a clutch is brought into engagement with the other part. Syn: Vocation; business; employment; occupation; promise; stipulation; betrothal; word; battle; combat; fight; contest; conflict. See {Battle}.

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