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English Dictionary: engage by the DICT Development Group
3 results for engage
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"
    Synonym(s): prosecute, engage, pursue
  2. consume all of one's attention or time; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
    Synonym(s): absorb, engross, engage, occupy
  3. engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"
    Synonym(s): hire, engage, employ
    Antonym(s): can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
  4. ask to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer"
  5. give to in marriage
    Synonym(s): betroth, engage, affiance, plight
  6. get caught; "make sure the gear is engaged"
    Antonym(s): disengage
  7. carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns); "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"
    Synonym(s): engage, wage
  8. hire for work or assistance; "engage aid, help, services, or support"
    Synonym(s): engage, enlist
  9. engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"
    Synonym(s): lease, rent, hire, charter, engage, take
  10. keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
    Synonym(s): engage, mesh, lock, operate
    Antonym(s): disengage, withdraw
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Engage \En*gage"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Engaged}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Engaging}.] [F. engager; pref. en- (L. in) + gage pledge,
      pawn. See {Gage}.]
      1. To put under pledge; to pledge; to place under obligations
            to do or forbear doing something, as by a pledge, oath, or
            promise; to bind by contract or promise. [bd]I to thee
            engaged a prince's word.[b8] --Shak.
      2. To gain for service; to bring in as associate or aid; to
            enlist; as, to engage friends to aid in a cause; to engage
            men for service.
      3. To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to
                     Good nature engages everybody to him. --Addison.
      4. To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to
            engross; to draw on.
                     Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage. --Pope.
                     Taking upon himself the difficult task of engaging
                     him in conversation.                           --Hawthorne.
      5. To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to
                     A favorable opportunity of engaging the enemy.
      6. (Mach.) To come into gear with; as, the teeth of one
            cogwheel engage those of another, or one part of a clutch
            engages the other part.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Engage \En*gage"\, v. i.
      1. To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an
            obligation; to become bound; to warrant.
                     How proper the remedy for the malady, I engage not.
      2. To embark in a business; to take a part; to employ or
            involve one's self; to devote attention and effort; to
            enlist; as, to engage in controversy.
      3. To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies
            engaged in a general battle.
      4. (Mach.) To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.
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