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Synonyms of engage in English:


  • 1 the tasks must engage the children's interest
    capture, catch, arrest, grab, seize, draw, attract, gain, win, captivate, hold, grip, engross, absorb, occupy
    [Antonyms] lose
  • 2 he engaged a nursemaid to look after them
    employ, hire, recruit, take on, take into employment, secure the services of, put on the payroll, enrol, appoint, commission, enlist;
    retain, have in employment, have on the payroll
    informal take on board
    [Antonyms] dismiss
  • 3 he engaged to pay them £10,000
    contract, promise, agree, pledge, vow, covenant, commit oneself, bind oneself, undertake, enter into an agreement, reach an agreement, negotiate a deal
  • 4 they like to engage in active sports in 1793 he wrote a famous letter to King George III refusing to engage in trade
    participate in, take part in, join in, become involved in, go in for, partake in/of, occupy oneself with, throw oneself into;
    share in, play a part in, play a role in, be a participant in, be associated with, have a hand in, be a party to, enter into, undertake, embark on, set about, launch into
  • 5 they were sent to engage enemy aircraft
    do battle with, fight with, enter into combat with, wage war on, wage war against, take up arms against, attack, mount an attack on, take on, set upon, clash with, skirmish with, grapple with, wrest with;
    encounter, meet
    informal scrap with
  • 6 he engaged the gears with a crash
    interlock, interconnect, mesh, intermesh, fit together, join together, join, unite, connect, yoke, mate, couple
    [Antonyms] disengage
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