An engagement, betrothal, or fiancer is a promise to wed, and also the period of time between a marriage proposal and a marriage. During this period, a couple is said to be betrothed, "intended", affianced, engaged to be married, or simply engaged. Future brides and grooms may be called the betrothed, a wife-to-be or husband-to-be, fiancée or fiancé, respectively (from the French word fiancer). The duration of the courtship varies vastly, and is largely dependent on cultural norms or upon the agreement of the parties involved.
- (a.) Greatly interested; of awakened zeal; earnest.
- (a.) Occupied; employed; busy.
- (imp. & p. p.) of Engage
- (a.) Involved; esp., involved in a hostile encounter; as, the engaged ships continued the fight.
- (a.) Pledged; promised; especially, having the affections pledged; promised in marriage; affianced; betrothed.
Word: en·gage Pronunciation of engaged: in-'gAj, en-Function of engaged: verbOther forms of engaged: en·gaged
; en·gag·ingOrigin of engaged:
Middle English, from Middle French engagier,
from Old French, from en- gage
token, gagetransitive senses1
: to offer (as one's word) as security for a debt or cause2 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
: to cause (mechanical parts) to mesh3
: to bind (as oneself) to do something; especially
: to bind by a pledge to marry4 a
: to provide occupation for : INVOLVE
him in a new project> b
: to arrange to obtain the use or services of : HIRE5 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 lengthintransitive senses1 a
: to pledge oneself : PROMISE b : GUARANTEE
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
: to enter into conflict4
: to come together and interlock (as of machinery parts) : be or become in gear
Synonyms of engagedAffianced
engaged imp. & p. p. of Engage
engaged a. Occupied; employed; busy.
engaged a. Pledged; promised; especially, having the affections pledged; promised in marriage; affianced; betrothed.
engaged a. Greatly interested; of awakened zeal; earnest.
engaged a. Involved; esp., involved in a hostile encounter; as, the engaged ships continued the fight.
engaged adj. betrothed; busy (about a telephone line); occupied, involved