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English Dictionary: engagement by the DICT Development Group
2 results for engagement
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
    Synonym(s): battle, conflict, fight, engagement
  2. a meeting arranged in advance; "she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date"
    Synonym(s): date, appointment, engagement
  3. a mutual promise to marry
    Synonym(s): betrothal, troth, engagement
  4. the act of giving someone a job
    Synonym(s): employment, engagement
  5. employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time; "the play had bookings throughout the summer"
    Synonym(s): engagement, booking
  6. contact by fitting together; "the engagement of the clutch"; "the meshing of gears"
    Synonym(s): engagement, mesh, meshing, interlocking
  7. the act of sharing in the activities of a group; "the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"
    Synonym(s): engagement, participation, involvement, involution
    Antonym(s): non-engagement, non- involvement, nonparticipation
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Engagement \En*gage"ment\, n. [Cf. F. engagement.]
      1. The act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or
            entering into contest.
      2. The state of being engaged, pledged or occupied; specif.,
            a pledge to take some one as husband or wife.
      3. That which engages; engrossing occupation; employment of
            the attention; obligation by pledge, promise, or contract;
            an enterprise embarked in; as, his engagements prevented
            his acceptance of any office.
                     Religion, which is the chief engagement of our
                     league.                                             --Milton.
      4. (Mil.) An action; a fight; a battle.
                     In hot engagement with the Moors.      --Dryden.
      5. (Mach.) The state of being in gear; as, one part of a
            clutch is brought into engagement with the other part.
      Syn: Vocation; business; employment; occupation; promise;
               stipulation; betrothal; word; battle; combat; fight;
               contest; conflict. See {Battle}.
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