- ingage ( obsolete )
- IPA: /ɪnˈɡeɪʤ/
- Rhymes: -eɪdʒ
- ( transitive ) To engross or hold the attention of ( someone ); to keep busy or occupied .
- ( transitive ) To draw into conversation .
- ( transitive ) To attract, to please; ( archaic ) to fascinate or win over ( someone ) .
- ( transitive ) To enter into conflict with ( an enemy ) .
- ( intransitive ) To enter into battle .
- ( transitive ) To arrange to employ or use ( a worker, a space, etc ) .
- To mesh or interlock ( of machinery, especially a clutch ) .
- ( intransitive ) To enter into ( an activity ), to participate ( construed with in ) .
- ( intransitive ) To guarantee or promise ( to do something ) .
- ( transitive ) To bind through legal or moral obligation ( to do something, especially to marry ) ( usually in passive ) .
- ( obsolete, transitive ) To pledge, pawn ( one's property ); to put ( something ) at risk or on the line; to mortgage ( houses, land ).
From Middle French engagier, from Old French engager ( “to pledge, engage” ), from Old Frankish *anwadjōn ( "to pledge" ), from Proto-Germanic *an-, *andi- + Proto-Germanic *wadjōnan ( “to pledge, secure” ), from Proto-Germanic *wadjō ( “pledge, guarantee” ), from Proto-Indo-European *wadʰ- ( “to pledge, redeem a pledge; guarantee, bail” ), equivalent to en- + gage. Cognate with Old English anwedd ( “pledge, security” ), Old English weddian ( “to engage, covenant, undertake” ), German wetten ( “to bet, wager” ), Icelandic veðja ( “to wager” ). More at wed .
Explanation of engage by Wordnet Dictionary
- engaged the gears
- engage aid, help, services, or support
carry on ( wars, battles, or campaigns )
- Engage 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. “I to thee engaged a prince's word.” 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 draw.
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 conflict.
A favorable opportunity of engaging the enemy. Ludlow.
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”.
- Engage, 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. Fuller.
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.
Definition of engage by GCIDE Dictionary