[ US /ɛnˈɡeɪdʒd/ ]
[ UK /ɛnɡˈe‍ɪd‍ʒd/ ]
  1. (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line)
    receptionists' telephones are always engaged
    her line is busy
    kept getting a busy signal
    the lavatory is in use
  2. having services contracted for
    the carpenter engaged (or employed) for the job is sick
  3. involved in military hostilities
    the desperately engaged ships continued the fight
  4. having ones attention or mind or energy engaged
    she keeps herself fully occupied with volunteer activities
    deeply engaged in conversation
  5. built against or attached to a wall
    engaged columns
  6. (used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interacting
    the gears are engaged
    meshed gears
    intermeshed twin rotors
  7. reserved in advance
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How To Use engaged In A Sentence

  • We had engaged a very nice mare and stanhope, which we knew we could depend upon, when, the day before the race, the chestnut was declared lame, and not a presentable four-legged animal was to be hired in Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846
  • Rules exist to be violated, so that the ‘bastard’ may be more violently characterized and the audience engaged in revengeful fury.
  • The services of the laboratory are offered gratuitously to any scientist or graduate student engaged in research which makes a significant contribution to progress in the fields of science.
  • The plaintiff had sued one member, Hunter, of a committee of the management of a hospital which had engaged him.
  • He engaged in endless litigation against the media.
  • These results indicate that, depending on the unique features of a given learning, experience, very different classes of mechanisms can be engaged to subserve memory in a particular time domain.
  • She should not be engaged in remunerative work.
  • He is engaged in a bitter struggle with his rival to get control of the company.
  • In her dying depositions she accused Osio of having pushed her in; and there seems little doubt that he did so; for while she was struggling in the water, he disengaged his harquebuss from his mantle and struck her several blows upon the head and hands. Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2 The Catholic Reaction
  • It seems that CSIS witnesses may have engaged in "prevarication," and that material germane to Harkat's legal defence has been withheld by CSIS for no good reason. Archive 2009-05-01
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