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  1. (v. t.) 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. (v. t.) 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. (v. t.) To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict.
  4. (v. i.) To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant.
  5. (v. t.) 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.
  6. (v. i.) 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.
  7. (v. t.) To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on.
  8. (v. i.) To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.
  9. (v. t.) To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw.
  10. (v. i.) To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.
Word: en·gage
Pronunciation of engage: in-'gAj, en-
Function of engage: verb
Other forms of engage: en·gaged; en·gag·ing
Origin of engage: Middle English, from Middle French engagier, from Old French, from en- gage token, gage
transitive senses
1 : to offer (as one's word) as security for a debt or cause
2 a obsolete : to entangle or entrap in or as if in a snare or bog b : to attract and hold by influence or power c : to interlock with : MESH; also : to cause (mechanical parts) to mesh
3 : to bind (as oneself) to do something; especially : to bind by a pledge to marry
4 a : to provide occupation for : INVOLVE <engage him in a new project> b : to arrange to obtain the use or services of : HIRE
5 a : to hold the attention of : ENGROSS <her work engages her completely> b : to induce to participate <engaged the shy boy in conversation>
6 a : to enter into contest with b : to bring together or interlock (weapons)
7 : to deal with especially at length
intransitive senses
1 a : to pledge oneself : PROMISE b : GUARANTEE <he engages for the honesty of his brother>
2 a : to begin and carry on an enterprise or activity <engaged in trade for a number of years> b : to take part : PARTICIPATE <at college she engaged in gymnastics>
3 : to enter into conflict
4 : to come together and interlock (as of machinery parts) : be or become in gear

Synonyms of engage

Absorb, Affiance, Betroth, Charter, Employ, Engross, Enlist, Hire, Lease, Lock, Mesh, Occupy, Operate, Plight, Prosecute, Pursue, Rent, Retain, Take, Wage,

Antonyms of engage

Can, Disengage, Dismiss, Fire, Sack, Terminate, Withdraw,