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. An action; a fight; a battle. "In hot engagement with the Moors." (Dryden)

5. <machinery> The state of being in gear; as, one part of a clutch is brought into engagement with the other part.

Synonyms: Vocation, business, employment, occupation, promise, stipulation, betrothal, word, battle, combat, fight, contest, conflict. See Battle.

Origin: Cf. F. Engagement.

(01 Mar 1998)

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