Definition of engagement in English:


Line breaks: en¦gage|ment
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈgeɪdʒm(ə)nt
, ɛn-/


  • 1A formal agreement to get married: she’d broken off her engagement to Paul
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    • 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.
    betrothal, betrothment, marriage contract
    archaic plighting of one's troth, espousal, affiance, affiancing, handfast
  • 1.1The duration of an agreement to get married: a good long engagement to give you time to be sure
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    • 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.
  • 3 [mass noun] The action of engaging or being engaged: Britain’s continued engagement in open trading
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    • 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.


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

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