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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Engage  \En*gage"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Engaged};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Engaging}.]  [F.  engager;  pref.  en-  (L.  in)  +  gage  pledge, 
  pawn.  See  {Gage}.] 
  1.  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.  ``I  to  thee 
  engaged  a  prince's  word.''  --Shak. 
 
  2.  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. 
 
  3.  To  gain  over  to  win  and  attach;  to  attract  and  hold  to 
  draw. 
 
  Good  nature  engages  everybody  to  him  --Addison. 
 
  4.  To  employ  the  attention  and  efforts  of  to  occupy;  to 
  engross;  to  draw  on 
 
  Thus  shall  mankind  his  guardian  care  engage.  --Pope. 
 
  Taking  upon  himself  the  difficult  task  of  engaging 
  him  in  conversation.  --Hawthorne. 
 
  5.  To  enter  into  contest  with  to  encounter;  to  bring  to 
  conflict. 
 
  A  favorable  opportunity  of  engaging  the  enemy. 
  --Ludlow. 
 
  6.  (Mach.)  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 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Engaged  \En*gaged"\,  a. 
  1.  Occupied;  employed;  busy. 
 
  2.  Pledged;  promised;  especially,  having  the  affections 
  pledged;  promised  in  marriage;  affianced;  betrothed. 
 
  3.  Greatly  interested;  of  awakened  zeal;  earnest. 
 
  4.  Involved;  esp.,  involved  in  a  hostile  encounter;  as  the 
  engaged  ships  continued  the  fight. 
 
  {Engaged  column}.  (Arch.)  Same  as  {Attached  column}.  See 
  under  {Attach},  v.  t. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  engaged 
  adj  1:  having  ones  attention  or  mind  or  energy  engaged;  "she  keeps 
  herself  fully  occupied  with  volunteer  activities"; 
  "deeply  engaged  in  conversation"  [syn:  {occupied}] 
  2:  involved  in  military  hostilities;  "the  desperately  engaged 
  ships  continued  the  fight" 
  3:  reserved  in  advance  [syn:  {booked},  {set-aside(p)}] 
  4:  (of  facilities  such  as  telephones  or  lavatories)  unavailable 
  for  use  by  anyone  else  or  indicating  unavailability; 
  (`engaged'  is  a  British  term  for  a  busy  telephone  line); 
  "her  line  is  busy";  "receptionists'  telephones  are  always 
  engaged";  "the  lavatory  is  in  use";  "kept  getting  a  busy 
  signal"  [syn:  {busy},  {in  use(p)}] 
  5:  (used  of  toothed  parts  or  gears)  interlocked  and 
  interacting;  "the  gears  are  engaged";  "meshed  gears"; 
  "intermeshed  twin  rotors"  [syn:  {meshed},  {intermeshed}] 
  6:  having  services  contracted  for  "the  carpenter  engaged  (or 
  employed)  for  the  job  is  sick" 
  7:  (architecture)  built  against  or  attached  to  a  wall;  "engaged 
  columns" 
  8:  pledged  to  be  married;  "the  engaged  couple"  [syn:  {affianced}, 
  {bespoken},  {betrothed},  {pledged}] 




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