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[French ahn-ga-zhey] /French ɑ̃ gaˈʒeɪ/
choosing to involve oneself in or commit oneself to something:
Some of the political activists grew less engagé as the years passed.
Origin of engagé
1950-55; < French: literally, engaged Unabridged
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  • Sometimes it is helpful for historians to be engage in such debates, but many are extremely well misinformed.
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British Dictionary definitions for engagé


(of a writer or artist, esp a man) morally or politically committed to some ideology


verb (mainly transitive)
to secure the services of; employ
to secure for use; reserve: engage a room
to involve (a person or his attention) intensely; engross; occupy
to attract (the affection) of (a person): her innocence engaged him
to draw (somebody) into conversation
(intransitive) to take part; participate: he engages in many sports
to promise (to do something)
(also intransitive) (military) to begin an action with (an enemy)
to bring (a mechanism) into operation: he engaged the clutch
(also intransitive) to undergo or cause to undergo interlocking, as of the components of a driving mechanism, such as a gear train
(machinery) to locate (a locking device) in its operative position or to advance (a tool) into a workpiece to commence cutting
Derived Forms
engager, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Old French engagier, from en-1 + gage a pledge, see gage1
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Word Origin and History for engagé



early 15c., "to pledge," from Middle French engagier, from Old French en gage "under pledge," from en "make" + gage "pledge," through Frankish from Proto-Germanic *wadiare "pledge" (see wed).

It shows the common evolution of Germanic -w- to French -g-; cf. Guillaume from Wilhelm). Meaning "attract the attention of" is from 1640s; that of "employ" is from 1640s, from notion of "binding as by a pledge." Specific sense of "promise to marry" is 1610s (implied in engaged).

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