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Engagement 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. (noun) That which engages; engrossing occupation; employment of the attention; obligation by pledge, promise, or contract; an enterprise embarked in; as, his engagements prevented his acceptance of any office.
  2. (noun) The state of being in gear; as, one part of a clutch is brought into engagement with the other part.
  3. (noun) An action; a fight; a battle.
  4. (noun) The state of being engaged, pledged or occupied; specif., a pledge to take some one as husband or wife.
  5. (noun) The act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or entering into contest.
Word: en·gage·ment
Pronunciation of engagement: in-'gAj-m&nt, en-
Function of engagement: noun
1 a : an arrangement to meet or be present at a specified time and place <a dinner engagement> b : a job or period of employment especially as a performer
2 : something that engages : PLEDGE
3 a : the act of engaging : the state of being engaged b : emotional involvement or commitment <seesaws between obsessive engagement and ambiguous detachment -- Gary Taylor> c : BETROTHAL
4 : the state of being in gear
5 : a hostile encounter between military forces

Synonyms of engagement

Appointment, Battle, Betrothal, Booking, Conflict, Date, Employment, Fight, Involvement, Mesh, Meshing, Participation, Troth,