Definition of engaged in English:

engaged

Syllabification: en·gaged
Pronunciation: /enˈgājd
 
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adjective

  • 1 [predic.] Busy; occupied: I told him I was otherwise engaged
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    • Its leaders are actively engaged right now looking for a solution.
    • While I was thus engaged, my patron was busy reading the placard that the library where I intern has placed at the reference desk.
    • The turbulent 21st century needs an active and engaged America working to spread freedom and democracy - not one that withdraws into itself.
    Synonyms
    busy, occupied, unavailable
    informal tied up
  • 1.1British (Of a telephone line) unavailable because already in use.
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    • People affected said they had tried calling them, but all the telephone lines were either engaged or just rang, unanswered.
    • Information on award notices was poor while customers seeking help with claims had their letters ignored or encountered engaged telephone lines, she said.
    • This line was repeatedly engaged when we tried to call it this morning.
  • 1.2(Of a toilet) already in use.
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    • Just about made it back to the hospital only to find engaged toilets!
    • It was still engaged, but this time a woman was queuing to enter.
  • 2Having formally agreed to marry.
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    • When a couple becomes engaged to be married, a ring is offered by the young man.
    • Carter turns 27 this month and is engaged to be married, to a doctor.
    • We're engaged to be married in two months, on the anniversary of the day I left.
    Synonyms
    betrothed, promised in marriage, pledged in marriage; attached
    informal spoken for
    literary affianced
    archaic plighted, espoused
  • 3 Architecture (Of a column) attached to or partly let into a wall.
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    • Eight pairs of piers, each with an engaged column, were to articulate the lower portico, while the upper portico was to have had eight pairs of freestanding columns.
    • Above the Ionic entablature, the vertical thrust from below is carried skyward by pedestals supporting kraters aligned with the engaged columns.
    • The powerful square pillars which held up the three arches of each nave had an engaged column on each side, the same thickness for all its length, with a simple base without a pedestal.

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