Definitions for: Engagement


[n] employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time; "the play had bookings throughout the summer"
[n] a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement"
[n] the act of giving someone a job
[n] the act sharing in the activities of a group; "the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"
[n] a mutual promise to marry
[n] contact by fitting together; "the engagement of the clutch"; "the meshing of gears"
[n] a meeting arranged in advance; "she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date"



Webster (1913) Definition: En*gage"ment, n. [Cf. F. 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. (Mil.) An action; a fight; a battle.

In hot engagement with the Moors. --Dryden.

5. (Mach.) The state of being in gear; as, one part of a
clutch is brought into engagement with the other part.

Syn: Vocation; business; employment; occupation; promise;
stipulation; betrothal; word; battle; combat; fight;
contest; conflict. See Battle.

Synonyms: appointment, battle, betrothal, booking, conflict, date, fight, interlocking, involvement, mesh, meshing, participation, troth

Antonyms: non-engagement, non-involvement, nonparticipation

See Also: action, Armageddon, armed combat, assault, Battle of Britain, blind date, call-back, combat, commitment, contact, dogfight, Drogheda, employment, escort, get together, gig, group action, group participation, impinging, intercession, intervention, meeting, military action, naval battle, pitched battle, promise, rendezvous, reservation, ringing, shape-up, striking, tryst, war, warfare, work

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