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Definition of engage
1 [with object] occupy, attract, or involve (someone’s interest or attention):he plowed on, trying to outline his plans and engage Sutton’s attention
(engage someone in
) cause someone to become involved in (a conversation or discussion).
arrange to employ or hire (someone):he was engaged as a trainee copywriter [with infinitive] pledge or enter into a contract to do something:he engaged to pay them $10,000 against a bond dated reserve (accommodations, a place, etc.) in advance:he had engaged a small sailboat 2 [no object]
) participate or become involved in:organizations engage in a variety of activities (be engaged in)some are actively engaged in crime
) establish a meaningful contact or connection with:the teams needed to engage with local communities
(of a part of a machine or engine) move into position so as to come into operation:the clutch will not engage [with object]:he engaged the gears and pulled out into the road [with object] (of fencers or swordsmen) bring (weapons) together preparatory to fighting. [with object] enter into conflict or combat with (an adversary).