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Definitions of engagement

  1. a meeting arranged in advance; " she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date"
  2. 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"
  3. a mutual promise to marry
  4. employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time; " the play had bookings throughout the summer"
  5. the act of giving someone a job
  6. the act sharing in the activities of a group; " the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"
  7. contact by fitting together; " the engagement of the clutch"; " the meshing of gears"
  8. the act of sharing in the activities of a group; " the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"
  9. The act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or entering into contest.
  10. The state of being engaged, pledged or occupied; specif., a pledge to take some one as husband or wife.
  11. 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.
  12. An action; a fight; a battle.
  13. The state of being in gear; as, one part of a clutch is brought into engagement with the other part.
  14. Betrothal; occupation; an appointment; in machinery, the state of being in gear; a battle between armies or fleets.
  15. Act of engaging: state of being engaged: that which engages: promise: employment: a fight or battle.
  16. Act of engaging; state of being engaged; obligation; conflict.
  17. The act of engaging; a betrothal; an obligation; a battle.
  18. The act of engaging; obligation by agreement or contract; occupation; employment of the attention; the conflict of armies or fleets; battle; obligation or motive; that which engages.
  19. An appointment; employment; a fight; a battle; an obligation; a compact.
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Quotes of engagement

  1. I have an engagement ring, which is my favorite accessory. – Jules Asner
  2. Even though mother's issues are not front page news, they touch us all personally, some more than others, and I believe passionately in the power of grassroots engagement – Joan Blades
  3. We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do. – Jacob Bronowski
  4. During the engagement I tried to throw a strong force through the canon, but I was obliged to use it elsewhere before it had gotten to the supposed location of the village. – George Crook
  5. Ten years ago, 15 years ago, I think the church would have been asleep at the switch. This level of activism and engagement with the needs of society by local churches I never thought I'd see it in my lifetime. – Bill Hybels
  6. Well, an actor is an actor is actor, to paraphrase someone or other and the opportunity to work, to have a steady engagement certainly seemed like an appealing concept to me. – Walter Koenig
  7. And, perhaps most importantly, regional conflicts will again and again confront us with a cruel choice between costly engagement and costly indifference. – Lord Robertson
  8. I was very depressed after breaking off my engagement with Johnny ten years ago. I was embarrassingly dramatic at the time, but you have to remember I was only 19 years old. – Winona Ryder
  9. But I had promised my husband never to accept another engagement It was not a very happy time for me. – Dinah Sheridan
  10. My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked. – Elizabeth Taylor
  11. Militarily, we succeeded in Vietnam. We won every engagement we were involved in out there. – William Westmoreland
  12. It's my mother's engagement ring so I thought it was quite nice because obviously she's not going to be around to share any of the fun and excitement of it all- this was my way of keeping her close to it all. – Prince William

Usage examples for engagement

  1. It is an engagement that I cannot break." – The Project Gutenberg Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte by Bourrienne, Constant, and Stewarton
  2. But I kept my engagement and missed the man I most wished to meet. – Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie
  3. I've never gone back on an engagement yet in my own country and I'm not going to begin this side. – The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol by William J. Locke
  4. I've an engagement to- morrow. – Patty's Success by Carolyn Wells
  5. I have an engagement that may keep me a little bit late, but I'll get there. – The Boy Scout Fire Fighters by Irving Crump
  6. 644. In 1813 there was a naval engagement at Provincetown. – Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast by Samuel Adams Drake
  7. I think that's an engagement – Saturday's Child by Kathleen Norris
  8. " Why is it not you that come to tell me of your engagement – The Mettle of the Pasture by James Lane Allen
  9. If Carlotta would do that, what would she do when she learned of the engagement – K by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  10. The warning came before she was married, even before their engagement – Studies in the Out-Lying Fields of Psychic Science by Hudson Tuttle
  11. I have an engagement for to- day. – All's for the Best by T. S. Arthur
  12. I wish I had an engagement – The Measure of a Man by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  13. But she, it appeared, had an engagement for this evening, and we then fixed upon to- morrow evening at eight o'clock. – Fibble, D. D. by Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  14. By the time the engagement was secured we were ready for it. – Sixty Years of California Song by Margaret Blake-Alverson
  15. Dr. Derwent wrote about Eustace's engagement – The Crown of Life by George Gissing
  16. Committee for conference with the Officers that were upon the Engagement Sess. – The-Acts-Of-The-General-Assemblies-of-the-Church-of-Scotland by Church of Scotland. General Assembly
  17. Anyhow, you admit that this engagement is a grim joke. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  18. Baroni has been round to see me- to ask me to break off my engagement – The Splendid Folly by Margaret Pedler
  19. " But you said you never seriously thought I could accept such an engagement she objected, not knowing what to say. – Saracinesca by F. Marion Crawford
  20. By the way, Millicent, what do you wish me to say about our engagement – Colonel Thorndyke's Secret by G. A. Henty
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