• Kiln Door Carrier engaged to Door Ready for lifting
    Kiln Door Carrier engaged to Door Ready for lifting
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v engage get caught "make sure the gear is engaged"
    • v engage consume all of one's attention or time "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
    • v engage give to in marriage
    • v engage keep engaged "engaged the gears"
    • v engage 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 engage hire for work or assistance "engage aid, help, services, or support"
    • v engage carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in "She pursued many activities","They engaged in a discussion"
    • v engage carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns) "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"
    • v engage ask to represent; of legal counsel "I'm retaining a lawyer"
    • v engage engage or hire for work "They hired two new secretaries in the department","How many people has she employed?"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Engagement at the North Bridge in Concord The Engagement at the North Bridge in Concord

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1477, the first diamond engagement ring was given to Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximillian of Austria
    • Engage (Mach) To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.
    • Engage (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.
    • Engage 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.
    • Engage To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on. "Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage .""Taking upon himself the difficult task of engaging him in conversation."
    • Engage To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.
    • Engage To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict. "A favorable opportunity of engaging the enemy."
    • Engage 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.
    • Engage To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw. "Good nature engages everybody to him."
    • Engage 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."
    • Engage 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The longest engagement lasted 67 years, and the couple ended up marrying when they were 82 years old
    • engage To pledge; bind as by pledge, promise, contract, or oath; put under an obligation to do or forbear doing something; specifically, to make liable, as for a debt to a creditor; bind as surety or in betrothal: with a reflexive pronoun or (rarely) a noun or personal pronoun as object: as, nations engage themselves to each other by treaty.
    • engage To pawn; stake; pledge.
    • engage To secure for aid, employment, use, or the like; put under requisition by agreement or bargain; obtain a promise of: as, to engage one's friends in support of a cause; to engage workmen; to engage a carriage, or a supply of provisions.
    • engage To gain; win and attach; draw; attract and fix: as, to engage the attention.
    • engage To occupy; employ the attention or efforts of: as, to engage one in conversation; to be engaged in war; to engage one's self in party disputes.
    • engage To enter into contest with; bring into conflict; encounter in battle: as, the army engaged the enemy at ten o'clock.
    • engage To interlock and become entangled; entangle; involve.
    • engage In mech., to mesh with and interact upon; enter and act or be acted upon; interlock with, as the teeth of geared wheels with each other, or the rack and pinion in a rack-and-pinion movement. Synonyms To commit, promise.
    • engage To pledge one's word; promise; assume an obligation; become bound; undertake: as, a friend has engaged to supply the necessary funds.
    • engage To occupy one's self; be busied; take part: as, to engage in conversation; he is zealously engaged in the cause.
    • engage To have an encounter; begin to fight; enter into conflict.
    • engage In fencing, to cross weapons with an adversary, pressing against his with sufficient force to prevent any manœuver from taking one unawares. Farrow, Mil. Encyc.
    • engage In machinery, to mesh and interact.
    • engage In construction, to fasten or let into a wall for support, as to secure a column to a wall. See engaged column, under column.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Non-married couples in Idaho who engage in sexual intercourse can be jailed for up to six months
    • v.t Engage en-gāj′ to bind by a gage or pledge: to render liable: to gain for service: to enlist: to gain over: to betroth: :
    • v.i Engage to pledge one's word: to become bound: to take a part: to enter into conflict
    • v.t Engage en-gāj′ (archit.) to fasten: to win: to occupy: to enter into contest with
    • v.t Engage en-gāj′ (obs.) to entangle
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  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Physical courage, which engages all danger, will make a person brave in one way; and moral courage, which defies all opinion, will make a person brave in another.”
  • Alice Walker
    “For in the end, freedom is a personal and lonely battle; and one faces down fears of today so that those of tomorrow might be engaged.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Marriage is a three ring circus: engagement ring, wedding ring, and suffering.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “I know, of course, how important it is not to keep a business engagement, if one wants to retain any sense of the beauty of life.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “Politics are now nothing more than means of rising in the world. With this sole view do men engage in politics, and their whole conduct proceeds upon it.”
  • Plato
    “The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. engager,; pref. en-,L. in,) + gage, pledge, pawn. See Gage
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. engageren gage, in pledge. See Gage.


In literature:

I procured an engagement in London; it was the one I had before Mrs. Morley engaged me.
"A Coin of Edward VII" by Fergus Hume
Through him he met the father, who engaged him to post his placards for his series of lectures on Dickens.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
An engagement in eight months was better than nothing; but what to do in the meanwhile?
"The Bill-Toppers" by Andre Castaigne
In a letter to Dr. Franklin and others he gives a graphic description of this engagement.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 2 of 8" by Various
I am engaged to marry Walter Marrable.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
I am an independent sort of person," she continued, "and I am engaged in an attempt to earn my own living.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The position is known as the engage or engage right.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
The Pindarees were routed in a series of swift-fought engagements.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
His father and mother had been delighted when he announced the engagement.
"The Hero" by William Somerset Maugham
For himself, he kept up his round of post-Easter social engagements.
"The Faith Doctor" by Edward Eggleston

In poetry:

Him, many a deadly snake to feed,
Sansado would engage;
And more, by many a noxious weed,
Exasperate their rage.
"The Serpents" by William Hayley
His honor is engaged to save
The meanest of his sheep;
All that his heav'nly Father gave
His hands securely keep.
"Hymn 138" by Isaac Watts
Though Satan for a season rage,
And prisons be your lot;
I am your friend, and I engage
You shall not be forgot.
"Smyrna" by John Newton
"Now from the roaring lion's rage,
O Lord, protect thy Son,
Nor leave thy darling to engage
The powers of hell alone."
"Psalm 22 part 2" by Isaac Watts
A holy war his servants wage,
Mysteriously at strife;
The powers of heaven and hell engage
For more than death or life.
"Lift up your heads, ye gates of brass;" by James Montgomery
Upon my promise rest thy hope,
And keep my love in view;
I stand engaged to hold thee up,
And guide thee safely through.
"Peter Walking Upon The Water" by John Newton

In news:

Stepping up his efforts to directly engage President Obama.
Engaging international buyers is of increasing importance to REALTORS®, especially those in North America.
Engagement is the latest corporate buzzword .
As the theory goes, any lethargy remaining from having five days off in a six-day period was dealt with Wednesday as the Raiders engaged in a padded practice in preparation for the Atlanta Falcons.
"We are deeply engaged with the land and that is reflected quite clearly in our town bylaws ," he said.
The cabbages can grow upwards of 40 pounds, making the initiative engaging and fun.
Together with their parents, Jessica Danielle Cade and Brandon Paul Gregory announce their engagement.
Together with their parents, Jessica Danielle Cade and Brandon Paul Gregory announce their engagement and upcoming marriage.
But they're refusing to answer, or even to engage in any serious discussion about what to do.
Ashley Dupre, a one-time $1,000-an-hour escort who was tied to Spitzer, announced that she is seven months pregnant and engaged to marry Thomas "TJ" Earle.
The former call girl famous for her tryst with ex-New York Gov Eliot Spitzer is engaged to a New Jersey businessman and expecting a baby.
Those who engage in it are jeopardizing their immortal souls and the souls of others.
The families of Dawn Camery and Colin Medcalf are pleased to announce their engagement.
A former Jefferson Parish School Board member spoke to WDSU after an I-Team report about the Parish's economic development arm possibly violated the law and engaged in political campaigning.
Ellen and Anavela were so patient and kind, and they were so skilled at helping Solomon detach from me a bit and engage with kids his own age.

In science:

QUIP permits queries of this form, by engaging the so-called detail mode (see discussion below).
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
As for stable expansions, QUIP returns witnesses if the detail mode is engaged.
QUIP - A Tool for Computing Nonmonotonic Reasoning Tasks
Now we can engage in the search for fixed points.
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
Thus, once enough users are engaged and modeled to sufficiently sustain a syste m, connections (recommendations) can be made.
A Connection-Centric Survey of Recommender Systems Research
We are engaged in a development program to produce a 163-channel HPD and its associated electronics for the BTEV experiment.
Development of a Hybrid Photo-Diode and its Front-End Electronics for the BTEV Experiment