• Kiln Door Carrier engaged to Door Ready for lifting
    Kiln Door Carrier engaged to Door Ready for lifting
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n engagement employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time "the play had bookings throughout the summer"
    • n engagement 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 engagement the act of giving someone a job
    • n engagement the act of sharing in the activities of a group "the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"
    • n engagement a mutual promise to marry
    • n engagement contact by fitting together "the engagement of the clutch","the meshing of gears"
    • n engagement a meeting arranged in advance "she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date"
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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
    • Engagement (Mil) An action; a fight; a battle. "In hot engagement with the Moors."
    • Engagement 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."
    • Engagement The act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or entering into contest.
    • Engagement The state of being engaged, pledged or occupied; specif., a pledge to take some one as husband or wife.
    • Engagement (Mach) The state of being in gear; as, one part of a clutch is brought into engagement with the other part.
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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
    • n engagement The act of engaging, binding, or pledging, or the state of being engaged, bound, or pledged.
    • n engagement That to which one is engaged or pledged; an agreement; an appointment; a contract; an undertaking: as, he failed to fulfil his engagement.
    • n engagement Specifically The state of having entered into a contract of marriage; betrothal: as, their engagement has been announced.
    • n engagement That which engages or binds; obligation.
    • n engagement Strong attachment or adherence; partiality; bias; partizanship.
    • n engagement Occupation; employment of the attention; affair of business.
    • n engagement In machinery, the act or state of meshing together and acting upon each other: as, the engagement of geared wheels.
    • n engagement A combat between armies or fleets; a fight; a conflict; a battle.
    • n engagement In fencing, the joining of weapons with an adversary: as, an engagement in carte, tierce, etc. Rolando (ed. Forsyth).
    • n engagement Synonyms Pledge, etc. (see promise, n.), contract.
    • n engagement Conflict, Fight, etc. See battle.
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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
    • n Engagement act of engaging: state of being engaged: that which engages: betrothal: promise: employment: a fight or battle
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  • Muriel Spark
    Muriel Spark
    “Being over seventy is like being engaged in a war. All our friends are going or gone and we survive amongst the dead and the dying as on a battlefield.”
  • Princess of Wales Diana
    “I felt compelled to perform -- to do my engagements and not let people down. And they supported me, although they weren?t aware how much it carried me through.”
  • 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
Cf. F. engagement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. engageren gage, in pledge. See Gage.


In literature:

They accomplished their work but, while engaged upon it, were attacked by a very large force.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty
I suppose, when you actually came to propose, you found she was engaged to some other johnny?
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
The last days of engagement frequently stir up feelings of doubt.
"The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book" by Various
I shouldn't like to engage anyone on my own responsibility.
"Sisters Three" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
I got that stock engagement after all.
"The Easiest Way" by Eugene Walter and Arthur Hornblow
I knew she would, and decided to tell her of his engagement.
"The Heart of Una Sackville" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
He also spoke of her sister's engagement to a Colonel Armytage, remarking that the marriage would soon take place.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
This engagement, though little more than a skirmish, was called the Battle of Lexington.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
While we were thus engaged, a squall struck the brig, and almost laid her on her beam-ends.
"Will Weatherhelm" by W.H.G. Kingston
I'd thought of that very thing; indeed, I've practically engaged a barge.
"The Chauffeur and the Chaperon" by C. N. Williamson

In poetry:

In vain shall either rue, or sage,
With the keen sword of God engage:
If thou dost not repent from sin,
All physic is not worth a pin.
"A Warning To The Welsh, To Repent, Wrote At The Time A Great Plague Rag'd In London" by Rees Prichard
There tranquilized the mind shall rest,
While future scenes engage;
There hear the distant thunders roar,
Nor dread the tempest's rage.
"Address To Solitude" by Elizabeth Bath
All scenes alike engaging prove
To souls impressed with sacred love
Where'er they dwell, they dwell in thee;
In heaven, in earth, or on the sea.
"The Soul That Loves God Finds Him Everywhere" by William Cowper
And who is she whose gentle mien,
Might lull to rest the tempest's rage ?
Whose form is that of Beauty's Queen,
Whose looks must ev'ry heart engage.
"Reginald The Brave" by Laura Sophia Temple
I remember my first engagement,
Engaged to a girl at Sheerness,
But she mixed with the swanks, she rose from the ranks
And now she's an officer's mess.
"The Trumpeter" by Billy Bennett
The rivals, although they would never engage,
Yet quarrelled whenever they met;
They met in a fury and left in a rage,
But neither took pretty FILLETTE.
"The Two Majors" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Angelina Jolie's right leg became an internet sensation after she famously showed some skin at February's Oscars, and now the engaged star's gesture is being spoofed by none other than Betty White.
Print challenged as the brand looks to ramp up engagement through digital.
Teachers, librarians, and parents are always looking for engaging biographies to hand to children.
Natasha Shantell Bish and Ryan James Alloggia of Weirton announce their engagement.
One of the many joys of the World Cup is engaging in a 30-day frenzy of flag-hugging nationalism.
Oklahoma City trio The Black Jack Gypsys doesn't engage in any rock 'n' roll posturing in its debut EP, 3:1.
NaTosha Bloomer and Brannon Lewis have announced their engagement.
Round-Up: Jack White's Blunderbuss Tops Billboard, Jared Followill Gets Engaged, Turbo Fruits Announce Butter Release Date.
EASLEY — Mr and Mrs Thomas Bobo of Powdersville, SC wish to announce the engagement of their daughter Megan Elizabeth Bobo to Todd Alexander White.
Sara Peterson, Bismarck and Loren Bock , Belfield, announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.
But I had an engagement in Milanville, PA one Saturday in February, so I made a short detour to C.
Holly Angel Kessler, daughter of Jay and Tammy Kessler of Colorado, is engaged to Michael Patrick Bogart , son of Bruce and Pat Bogart of Erie.
Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger Open Up About Engagement, Show Off 14- Carat Sparkler.
"Walking" closer to them allows a user to engage in chat and to check them out.
We are likely to see more terrorism, but the Chechens , not to engage in excessive romanticization, the Chechens have come back from the dead so many times.

In science:

As we will see, when the ambition is to develop a participatory platform, the societal engagement issues are even more acute.
This broader and deeper engagement will unleash fresh insights on pressing problems at local, regional, national and global scales. The step change that is needed in the policy-making infrastructure, ethical responses to Big Data and other scientific breakthroughs, can be best achieved by an open, public process.
This can be best achieved by an open process engaging with stakeholders, supported by a major initiative of public and private funding.
FuturICT will achieve this by engaging into different forms of integration, combined with a coherent collaborative approach of co-evolution.
Many people got so excited about the perspectives of the FuturICT flagship project, and its open, participatory approach, that they even offered to engage for the project for free.