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