Engaging en


  1. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Encage
  2. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Engage
  3. (a.) Tending to draw the attention or affections; attractive; as, engaging manners or address.
Word: en·gage
Pronunciation of engaging: in-'gAj, en-
Function of engaging: verb
Other forms of engaging: en·gaged; en·gag·ing
Origin of engaging: 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 engaging