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 engage engage

verb

  • () carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in  ( prosecute, pursue, engage )
    carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in
     She pursued many activities
    She pursued many activities
     They engaged in a discussion
    They engaged in a discussion
  • () consume all of one's attention or time  ( absorb, engross, occupy, engage )
    consume all of one's attention or time
     Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely
    Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely
  • () engage or hire for work  ( engage, employ, hire )
    engage or hire for work
     They hired two new secretaries in the department
    They hired two new secretaries in the department
     How many people has she employed?
    How many people has she employed?
  • () get caught  ( engage )
    get caught
     make sure the gear is engaged
    make sure the gear is engaged
  • () give to in marriage  ( affiance, betroth, plight, engage )
    give to in marriage
  • () ask to represent; of legal counsel  ( engage )
    ask to represent; of legal counsel
     I'm retaining a lawyer
    I'm retaining a lawyer
  • keep engaged  ( engage, operate, mesh, lock )
    keep engaged
     engaged the gears
    engaged the gears
  • engage for service under a term of contract  ( charter, engage, hire, lease, rent, take )
    engage for service under a term of contract
     We took an apartment on a quiet street
    We took an apartment on a quiet street
     Let's rent a car
    Let's rent a car
     Shall we take a guide in Rome?
    Shall we take a guide in Rome?
  • hire for work or assistance  ( engage, enlist )
    hire for work or assistance
     engage aid, help, services, or support
    engage aid, help, services, or support
  • carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)  ( engage, wage )
    carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)
     Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe
    Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe