[French ahn-ga-zhey]
choosing to involve oneself in or commit oneself to something: Some of the political activists grew less engagé as the years passed.

1950–55; < French: literally, engaged

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engage (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ)
1.  to secure the services of; employ
2.  to secure for use; reserve: engage a room
3.  to involve (a person or his attention) intensely; engross; occupy
4.  to attract (the affection) of (a person): her innocence engaged him
5.  to draw (somebody) into conversation
6.  (intr) to take part; participate: he engages in many sports
7.  to promise (to do something)
8.  (also intr) military to begin an action with (an enemy)
9.  to bring (a mechanism) into operation: he engaged the clutch
10.  (also intr) to undergo or cause to undergo interlocking, as of the components of a driving mechanism, such as a gear train
11.  machinery to locate (a locking device) in its operative position or to advance (a tool) into a workpiece to commence cutting
[C15: from Old French engagier, from en-1 + gage a pledge, see gage1]

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

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from M.Fr. engagier, from O.Fr. en gage "under pledge," from en "make" + gage "pledge," through Frankish from P.Gmc. *wadiare "pledge" (showing the common evolution of Gmc. -w- to Fr. -g-; cf. Guillaume from Wilhelm). Specific sense of "promise to marry" first recorded 1727. Related: Engaged.
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Example sentences
Sometimes it is helpful for historians to be engage in such debates, but many
  are extremely well misinformed.
Successful candidates will be expected to engage in research as part of their
The dysfunctional relationships and youthful ambitions of the other characters
  contain sufficient depth to engage the reader.
There isn't enough variety, no colour and not enough here to engage a child.
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