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engagement

[en-geyj-muh nt] /ɛnˈgeɪdʒ mənt/
noun
1.
the act of engaging or the state of being engaged.
2.
an appointment or arrangement:
a business engagement.
3.
betrothal:
They announced their engagement.
4.
a pledge; an obligation or agreement:
All his time seems to be taken up with social engagements.
5.
employment, or a period or post of employment, especially in the performing arts:
Her engagement at the nightclub will last five weeks.
6.
an encounter, conflict, or battle:
We have had two very costly engagements with the enemy this week alone.
7.
Mechanics. the act or state of interlocking.
8.
engagements, Commerce. financial obligations.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; engage + -ment
Related forms
nonengagement, noun
reengagement, noun
Synonyms
4. contract, promise.
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British Dictionary definitions for engagement

engagement

/ɪnˈɡeɪdʒmənt/
noun
1.
a pledge of marriage; betrothal
2.
an appointment or arrangement, esp for business or social purposes
3.
the act of engaging or condition of being engaged
4.
a promise, obligation, or other condition that binds
5.
a period of employment, esp a limited period
6.
an action; battle
7.
(pl) financial obligations
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Word Origin and History for engagement
n.

c.1600, "formal promise," from engage + -ment. Meaning "battle, fight" is from 1660s; promise-of-marriage sense is from 1742; meaning "appointment" is from 1806.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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engagement in Medicine

engagement en·gage·ment (ěn-gāj'mənt)
n.
The entrance of the fetal head or presenting part into the upper opening of the maternal pelvis.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Encyclopedia Article for engagement

betrothal

promise that a marriage will take place. In societies in which premarital sexual relations are condoned or in which consensual union is common, betrothal may be unimportant. In other societies, however, betrothal is a formal part of the marriage process. In such cases a change of intention by one of the parties is a serious matter and may be referred to as a breach of promise, a civil transgression subject in some instances to a fine or other penalty

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