engager

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

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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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