Confer (French) engagement.
1. The act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or entering into contest.2. The state of being engaged, pledged or occupied; specif. a pledge to take some one as husband or wife.3. That which engages; engrossing occupation; employment of the attention; obligation by pledge, promise, or contract; an enterprise embarked in; as, his engagements prevented his acceptance of any office. Religion, which is the chief engagement of our league. Milton.4. (Military) An action; a fight; a battle. In hot engagement with the Moors. Dryden.5. (Machinery) The state of being in gear; as, one part of a clutch is brought into engagement with the other part.
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(countable) an appointment, especially to speak or perform The lecturer has three speaking engagements this week. (uncountable) connection or attachment Check the gears for full engagement before turning the handle. (countable or uncountable) the period of time when marriage is planned or promised We are enjoying a long engagement, but haven't yet set a date. In any situation of conflict, an actual instance of active hostilities. The engagement resulted in many casualties. (fencing) the point at which the fencers are close enough to join blades, or to make an effective attack during an encounter. After engagement it quickly became clear which of the fencers was going to prevail.
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