engaged

[en-geyjd]
adjective
1.
busy or occupied; involved: deeply engaged in conversation.
2.
pledged to be married; betrothed: an engaged couple.
3.
under engagement; pledged: an engaged contractor.
4.
entered into conflict with: desperately engaged armies.
5.
Mechanics.
b.
(of wheels) in gear with each other.
6.
Architecture. (of a distinct member) built so as to be truly or seemingly attached in part to the structure before which it stands: an engaged column.

Origin:
1605–15; engage + -ed2

engagedly [en-gey-jid-lee, -geyjd-] , adverb
engagedness, noun
unengaged, adjective
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engage

[en-geyj]
verb (used with object), engaged, engaging.
1.
to occupy the attention or efforts of (a person or persons): He engaged her in conversation.
2.
to secure for aid, employment, use, etc.; hire: to engage a worker; to engage a room.
3.
to attract and hold fast: The novel engaged her attention and interest.
4.
to attract or please: His good nature engages everyone.
5.
to bind, as by pledge, promise, contract, or oath; make liable: He engaged himself to repay his debt within a month.
6.
to betroth (usually used in the passive): They were engaged last week.
7.
to bring (troops) into conflict; enter into conflict with: Our army engaged the enemy.
8.
Mechanics. to cause (gears or the like) to become interlocked; interlock with.
9.
to attach or secure.
10.
Obsolete. to entangle or involve.
verb (used without object), engaged, engaging.
11.
to occupy oneself; become involved: to engage in business or politics.
12.
to take employment: She engaged in her mother's business.
13.
to pledge one's word; assume an obligation: I was unwilling to engage on such terms.
14.
to cross weapons; enter into conflict: The armies engaged early in the morning.
15.
Mechanics. (of gears or the like) to interlock.

Origin:
1515–25; < Middle French engager, Old French engagier. See en-1, gage1

engager, noun


1. absorb, engross, interest, involve.


2. discharge. 8. release.
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engage (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ)
 
vb
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]
 
en'gager
 
n

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

engaged (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd)
 
adj
1.  pledged to be married; betrothed
2.  employed, occupied, or busy
3.  architect built against or attached to a wall or similar structure: an engaged column
4.  (of a telephone line) already in use
 
engagedly
 
adv

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engage
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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But when she was five years old, she was already engaged to be married.
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Some seasoned academics have no problem staying productive and engaged in
  faculty life during the latter years of their career.
What puzzles me is the mission the choppers were engaged in.
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