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engaging


  4  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]: 
 
  Engaging  \En*ga"ging\,  a. 
  Tending  to  draw  the  attention  or  affections;  attractive;  as 
  engaging  manners  or  address.  --  {En*ga"ging*ly},  adv  -- 
  {En*ga"ging*ness},  n. 
 
  {Engaging  and  disengaging}  {gear  or  machinery},  that  in 
  which  or  by  means  of  which  one  part  is  alternately 
  brought  into  gear  or  out  of  gear  with  another  part  as 
  occasion  may  require. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Encage  \En*cage"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Encaged};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Engaging}.]  [Pref.  en-  +  cage:  cf  F.  encager.] 
  To  confine  in  a  cage;  to  coop  up  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  engaging 
  adj  :  attracting  or  delighting;  "an  engaging  frankness";  "a 
  piquant  face  with  large  appealing  eyes"  [syn:  {piquant}] 




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