the act of engaging or the state of being engaged.
an appointment or arrangement: a business engagement.
betrothal: They announced their engagement.
a pledge; an obligation or agreement: All his time seems to be taken up with social engagements.
employment, or a period or post of employment, especially in the performing arts: Her engagement at the nightclub will last five weeks.
an encounter, conflict, or battle: We have had two very costly engagements with the enemy this week alone.
Mechanics. the act or state of interlocking.
engagements, Commerce. financial obligations.

1615–25; engage + -ment

nonengagement, noun
reengagement, noun

4. contract, promise.
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engagement (ɪnˈɡeɪdʒmənt)
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

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Word Origin & History

1630s, formal promise, from engage + -ment. Meaning battle, fight is from 1660s; marriage sense is from 1742; meaning appointment is from 1806.
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Medical Dictionary

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

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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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