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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Engagement  \En*gage"ment\,  n.  [Cf.  F.  engagement.] 
  1.  The  act  of  engaging,  pledging,  enlisting,  occupying,  or 
  entering  into  contest. 
 
  2.  The  state  of  being  engaged,  pledged  or  occupied;  specif., 
  a  pledge  to  take  some  one  as  husband  or  wife. 
 
  3.  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. 
 
  Religion,  which  is  the  chief  engagement  of  our 
  league.  --Milton. 
 
  4.  (Mil.)  An  action  a  fight;  a  battle. 
 
  In  hot  engagement  with  the  Moors.  --Dryden. 
 
  5.  (Mach.)  The  state  of  being  in  gear;  as  one  part  of  a 
  clutch  is  brought  into  engagement  with  the  other  part 
 
  Syn:  Vocation;  business;  employment;  occupation;  promise; 
  stipulation;  betrothal;  word  battle;  combat;  fight; 
  contest;  conflict.  See  {Battle}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  engagement 
  n  1:  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"  [syn:  {battle},  {conflict}, 
  {fight}] 
  2:  a  meeting  arranged  in  advance;  "she  asked  how  to  avoid 
  kissing  at  the  end  of  a  date"  [syn:  {date},  {appointment}] 
  3:  a  mutual  promise  to  marry  [syn:  {betrothal},  {troth}] 
  4:  the  act  of  giving  someone  a  job  [syn:  {employment},  {hire}, 
  {hiring}] 
  5:  a  job  for  performers  or  performing  groups  that  lasts  for  a 
  limited  period  of  time;  "the  play  had  bookings  throughout 
  the  summer"  [syn:  {booking}] 
  6:  contact  by  fitting  together;  "the  engagement  of  the  clutch"; 
  "the  meshing  of  gears"  [syn:  {mesh},  {meshing},  {interlocking}] 
  7:  sharing  the  activities  of  a  group  "the  teacher  tried  to 
  increase  his  students'  engagement  in  class  activities" 
  [syn:  {participation},  {involvement}]  [ant:  {non-engagement}, 
  {non-engagement},  {non-engagement}] 




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