Definition of engagement in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈɡājmənt/
Pronunciation: /enˈɡājmənt/


1A formal agreement to get married.
Example sentences
  • And it won't be a formal engagement, at least not until I can get a ring.
  • I don't have a ring yet, because we decided it wasn't a formal engagement yet.
  • It didn't take her long to get over her broken engagement with Malcom.
marriage contract
dated betrothal
archaic espousal
1.1The duration of an agreement to get married: a good long engagement to give you time to be sure
More example sentences
  • We separated twice in the duration of our engagement.
  • Apparently their society demanded a year long engagements, and this couple were newlyweds on their honeymoon.
  • People usually marry after a period of formal engagement that can last several years.
2An arrangement to do something or go somewhere at a fixed time: a dinner engagement
More example sentences
  • He had just returned from a dinner engagement with his sister and family.
  • I headed off for our dinner engagement where I waited in vain for my dear husband to arrive.
  • This did not help poor Sam who had a dinner engagement at 8.30 pm at Lancaster, hope she made it.
appointment, meeting, arrangement, commitment;
date, assignation, rendezvous
literary tryst
3The action of engaging or being engaged: Britain’s continued engagement in open trading the engagement of the gears
More example sentences
  • China's engagement in space scientific experiments and technical tests is entirely out of peaceful purpose, it also represents a contribution to the science of humanity and to the cause of peace.
  • Besides my amusement in actually relating a current writing to Plato, I think the column astutely voices a deficiency of student engagement in classes.
  • Mutual obligation is therefore seen as a social or political value that can be enforced without reference to whether it involves engagement in a reciprocal economy.
4A fight or battle between armed forces.
Example sentences
  • Extending the conclusion of losing battles, engagements and fire fights can salvage some benefits in the greater campaign.
  • He fought in most major engagements of the Mexican war.
  • The fight for Little Round Top is certainly one of the most written about tactical engagements in the Civil War.
battle, fight, clash, confrontation, encounter, conflict, skirmish;
warfare, action, combat, hostilities
informal dogfight


Early 17th century (in the general sense 'a legal or moral obligation'): French, from engager 'to pledge' (see engage).

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Syllabification: en·gage·ment

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