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Engaged meaning

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.


  1. (a.) Greatly interested; of awakened zeal; earnest.
  2. (a.) Occupied; employed; busy.
  3. (imp. & p. p.) of Engage
  4. (a.) Involved; esp., involved in a hostile encounter; as, the engaged ships continued the fight.
  5. (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: verb
Other forms of engaged: en·gaged; en·gag·ing
Origin of engaged: 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 engaged

Affianced, Bespoken, Betrothed, Booked, Busy, Meshed, Occupied, Pledged,