preen-gage

preengage

[pree-en-geyj]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), preengaged, preengaging.
1.
to engage beforehand.
2.
to put under obligation, especially to marry, by a prior engagement.
3.
to win the favor or attention of beforehand: Other matters preengaged him.
Also, pre-engage.


Origin:
1640–50; pre- + engage

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