Definition of


  1. (verb, change) get caught
  2. (verb, cognition) consume all of one's attention or time
  3. (verb, communication) give to in marriage
  4. (verb, contact) keep engaged
  5. (verb, possession) engage for service under a term of contract
    Let's rent a car
    Shall we take a guide in Rome?
  6. (verb, possession) hire for work or assistance
  7. (verb, social) carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in
    They engaged in a discussion
  8. (verb, social) carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)
  9. (verb, social) ask to represent; of legal counsel
  10. (verb, social) engage or hire for work
    How many people has she employed?

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Engage


Origin of the word Engage

  1. early 15c., from M.Fr. engagier, from O.Fr. en gage "under pledge," from en "make" + gage "pledge," through Frankish from P.Gmc. *wadiare "pledge" (showing the common evolution of Gmc. -w- to Fr. -g-; cf. Guillaume from Wilhelm). Specific sense of "promise to marry" first recorded 1727. Related: Engaged. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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