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Meaning of engaged by Wiktionary Dictionary



    engaged ( not comparable )

    1. Agreed to be married .
    2. Busy or employed .
    3. ( UK ) ( of a telephone ) Already involved in a telephone call when a third party calls it
    4. ( architecture, of a column ) attached to a wall or sunk into it halfway
    5. ( of gears or cogs ) in contact and in operation


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Explanation of engaged by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. having ones attention or mind or energy engaged

    2. deeply engaged in conversation
    3. built against or attached to a wall

    4. engaged columns
    5. having services contracted for

    6. the carpenter engaged ( or employed ) for the job is sick
    7. ( used of toothed parts or gears ) interlocked and interacting

    8. the gears are engaged
    9. involved in military hostilities

    10. the desperately engaged ships continued the fight
    11. ( of facilities such as telephones or lavatories ) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability

    12. receptionists' telephones are always engaged
    13. reserved in advance

    Definition of engaged by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. 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”.

    2. Engaged a.
      1. Occupied; employed; busy.

      2. Pledged; promised; especially, having the affections pledged; promised in marriage; affianced; betrothed.

      3. Greatly interested; of awakened zeal; earnest.

      4. Involved; esp., involved in a hostile encounter; as, “the engaged ships continued the fight”.

      Engaged column. ( Arch. ) Same as Attached column. See under Attach, v. t.