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.

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