Definitions of engage

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw.
  5. To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on.
  6. To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. To bind; gain for service; win; encounter.
  11. To bind by promise.
  12. To attract.
  13. To join in conflict with.
  14. To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant.
  15. 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.
  16. To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.
  17. To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.
  18. To promise or assume an obligation; occupy oneself; as, to engage in business; enter a conflict.
  19. To pledge one's word: to become bound: to take a part: to enter into conflict.
  20. To become bound; take part; enter in to contest.
  21. engage or engross wholly; " Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
  22. keep engaged; " engaged the gears"
  23. as of wars, battles, or campaigns; " Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"
  24. get caught; " make sure the gear is engaged"
  25. give to in marriage
  26. ask to represent; of legal counsel; " I'm retaining a lawyer"
  27. To bind oneself by promise.
  28. To busy oneself.
  29. To begin or maintain a conflict.
  30. 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.
  31. 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.