Definitions of engage

  1. engage or engross wholly; " Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
  2. 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?"
  3. engage or hire for work; " They hired two new secretaries in the department"; " How many people has she employed?"
  4. get caught; as of gears
  5. as to represent; of legal counsel; " I'm retaining a lawyer"
  6. keep engaged; " engaged the gears"
  7. as of aid, help, services, or support
  8. carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; " She pursued many activities"; " They engaged in a discussion"
  9. as of wars, battles, or campaigns; " Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"
  10. get caught; " make sure the gear is engaged"
  11. give to in marriage
  12. ask to represent; of legal counsel; " I'm retaining a lawyer"
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw.
  16. To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on.
  17. To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict.
  18. 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.
  19. To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant.
  20. 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.
  21. To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.
  22. To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.
  23. To occupy.
  24. To pledge or bind by oath or contract; to betroth; to win; as, his smile engages every one to him; in machinery, to come into gear with; make liable for a debt; secure for aid or employment; as, to engage a workman; encounter in battle; occupy the time or attention of; as, to engage one in conversation.
  25. To promise or assume an obligation; occupy oneself; as, to engage in business; enter a conflict.
  26. To bind by a gage or pledge: to render liable: to gain for service: to enlist: to gain over: to win: to occupy: to enter into contest with.
  27. To pledge one's word: to become bound: to take a part: to enter into conflict.
  28. To become bound; take part; enter in to contest.
  29. To bind; gain for service; win; encounter.
  30. To bind by promise.
  31. To attract.
  32. To join in conflict with.
  33. To bind oneself by promise.
  34. To busy oneself.
  35. To begin or maintain a conflict.
  36. To bind by compact or promise; to bind as surety; to pawn or stake as a pledge; to enlist; to bespeak; to embark; to win and attach; to attract and fix; to occupy; to encounter.
  37. To encounter; to meet in conflict; to embark in any business; to undertake; to promise or pledge one's word; to bind one's self.
  38. To occupy, as one's time; to undertake; to win, as affection; to hold, as in attention; to embark in, as in business; to bespeak, as rooms or a partner in a dance; to bind one's self as surety; to enlist for a service; to unite by contract; to begin to fight.

Antonyms for engage

evade, retire, renege, muster out, pall, ax, jade, furlough, call off, abort, turn off, discharge, disengage, can, give notice, escape, unbind, bore, fire, cancel, set free, cry off, revoke, free, send away, cashier, sack, lock out, terminate, withdraw, tire, elude, dismiss, lay off, unloose, unfasten, give the axe, rescind, untie, weary, retreat, force out, loose.

Quotes of engage

  1. People should have freedom in their pilgrimages and tours. They should come and visit historical monuments and sites- let's say the sites around Iran- where they can easily engage in wide- scale contacts with others. – Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
  2. There are a growing number of conservatives and Republicans who, while they support the president and support the war in Iraq, wonder how many of these nation -building wars we're going to engage in and what the parameters of that are. – Lamar Alexander
  3. I'm aware of my audience in a way, and I do try to engage with them while I'm trying to go about my business of thinking. I believe they help me by providing a focus. – David Antin
  4. But generally speaking, I felt to engage in the political process was to sully oneself to such a degree that whatever came out wasn't worth the trouble put in. – John Perry Barlow
  5. Napster's only alleged liability is for contributory or vicarious infringement. So when Napster's users engage in noncommercial sharing of music, is that activity copyright infringement? No. – David Boies
  6. Automation and technology would be a great boon if it were creative, if there were more leisure, more opportunity to engage in raising a family, providing guidance to the young, all the stuff we say we need. America will work if we're all in it together. It'll work when there's a shared sense of destiny. It can be done! – Jerry Brown
  7. Their prejudice allowed white Southerners to look the other way when blacks were denied their most basic human rights, and it encouraged the worst of them to engage in unspeakable acts of cruelty and violence. – Linda Chavez
  8. If you can once engage people's pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you. – Lord Chesterfield
  9. My goal in the new administration is to engage all of the stakeholders, everyone who can help us meet the challenges of the 21st century, and ensure that we work together. – Valerie Jarrett
  10. Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half -baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
  11. Living at that pitch, on that edge, is something which many poets engage in to some extent. – Paul Muldoon
  12. I think that's the main threat in Bosnia and Rwanda and Zaire. There doesn't seem to be much willingness to engage these problems unless they directly affect national security interests. – John Pomfret
  13. It is very easy to make clear what you want a film to say, but I did not wish to engage in overt propaganda, even for the right cause. I wanted to create an experience through the films, something where people could have the freedom of their own response to them. – Godfrey Reggio
  14. Only after awhile. After it came out and people began to engage in discussions about the social reflections of the film that I realized it had an importance I hadn't thought of. – Rod Steiger
  15. It is important that gang members are aware that if they engage in aggravated assault, maiming, kidnapping, or manslaughter that they will receiving a minimum sentence of 30 years. – Albert Wynn

Usage examples for engage

  1. " You must tell him what you want when you engage him," you say. – Home Life in Germany by Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
  2. Just to show him that virtue's its own reward, I'm going to engage him. – It Happened in Egypt by C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson
  3. Two were selfish, and desired to engage in the game. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  4. Turning to the Prince, he went on: We can wire down to- night and engage passage for next week. – The Prince of Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon
  5. At first only citizens of the empire were permitted to engage in military operations, to bear arms and fight in its behalf. – The Negro and the elective franchise. A Series Of Papers And A Sermon (The American Negro Academy. Occasional Papers, No. 11.) by Archibald H. Grimké, Charles C. Cook, John Hope, John L. Love, Kelly Miller, and Rev. Frank J. Grimké
  6. If this will not enable ye to satisfy your creditors, I'll engage that they will give ye another six months. – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  7. " And I will go this evening and engage a sail boat," said Rollo, " so as to have it all ready." – Rollo in Geneva by Jacob Abbott
  8. Will you engage me for the coming harvest, and pay me a part of the fee in advance? – Warlock o' Glenwarlock by George MacDonald
  9. In a short time steam would be up, and the vessel could pass right round the island and engage the prahus, if there were any attacking. – Middy and Ensign by G. Manville Fenn
  10. Pen tried to engage her in conversation about poetry and about her profession. – A History of English Prose Fiction by Bayard Tuckerman
  11. He told me that Larry wished me to think of him, because they had made up a big friendship, they two, and there were deep reasons why I should engage myself. – The Lightning Conductor Discovers America by C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson and A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson
  12. Will it be necessary to engage her a long time ahead? – The Daughters of a Genius by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  13. So, after going on a vain search for a cart to all the neighbouring farmhouses, I was obliged to engage it; but then there was another difficulty, for the key of the coach- house was lost, and I had to wait an hour till a smith could be brought to break it open. – Story of My Life, volumes 1-3 by Augustus J. C. Hare
  14. No greater theme, therefore, can engage our attention. – The Art of Public Speaking by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
  15. Peter, you engage Inez' attention, will you? – Judith of the Godless Valley by Honoré Willsie
  16. I knew it would be a bold and dangerous game to play, to try to persuade him to separate himself from a woman he had known and loved so long; but I determined to engage in it, nevertheless, and I looked about for some one to assist me in this enterprise. – The Memoirs of Louis XIV., His Court and The Regency, Complete by Duc de Saint-Simon
  17. I'll look up things and engage passage. – We Three by Gouverneur Morris
  18. Having obtained this advantage, the Duke flew the signal to engage – When London Burned by G. A. Henty
  19. If you desire something of a different nature, engage some of the younger men to get up a horse race. – The-Grand-Canyon-of-Arizona-how-to-see-it by James, George Wharton
  20. It was agreed between them that while the General made the real attack, the Admiral should engage Montcalm's attention by a pretended one. – Historic Handbook of the Northern Tour by Francis Parkman

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