from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Employed, occupied, or busy.
  • adj. Committed, as to a cause.
  • adj. Pledged to marry; betrothed: an engaged couple.
  • adj. Involved in conflict or battle.
  • adj. Being in gear; meshed.
  • adj. Partly embedded in, built into, or attached to another part, as columns on a wall.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of engage.
  • adj. Agreed to be married.
  • adj. Busy or employed.
  • adj. (of a telephone) Already involved in a telephone call when a third party calls it
  • adj. attached to a wall or sunk into it halfway
  • adj. in contact and in operation

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Occupied; employed; busy.
  • adj. Pledged; promised; especially, having the affections pledged; promised in marriage; affianced; betrothed.
  • adj. Greatly interested; of awakened zeal; earnest.
  • adj. Involved; esp., involved in a hostile encounter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Affianced; betrothed: as, an engaged pair.
  • Busy or occupied with matters which cannot be interrupted; not at leisure: as, when I call I always find him engaged.
  • In architecture, partly built or sunk into, or having the appearance of being partly built or sunk into, something else: as, engaged columns.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (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)
  • adj. involved in military hostilities
  • adj. having services contracted for
  • adj. built against or attached to a wall
  • adj. reserved in advance
  • adj. (used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interacting
  • adj. having ones attention or mind or energy engaged


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  • It was all madness; he was in love, thoroughly attached to Lucy, and engaged, —engaged as strongly as an honorable man need be.

    VI. Illustrating the Laws of Attraction. Book VI—The Great Temptation

  • Had the ladies not all been driven from the city by the pestilence, I should most assuredly have engaged some one or more of them to solve the question, whether the doctor was engaged in offices of sympathy, or an affair of the heart -- or whether he was actually _engaged_ in any way.

    Ups and Downs in the Life of a Distressed Gentleman

  • The usual consequences followed -- he could not earn money so fast as she could spend it; the house became a scene of discord; the daughter dressed in the fashion; learned to play on the piano; was taught to think that being engaged in any useful employment was very ungenteel; and that to be _engaged to be married_ was the chief end and aim of woman; the father died a bankrupt; the weak and frivolous mother lingered along in beggary, for a while, and then died of vexation and shame.

    The American Frugal Housewife

  • I can't think worth a damn, i'm coughing every other word i type so anything remotely brain engaged is coming in really really short spurts ... if you're waiting on something from me ... it might take a while.

    November 30th, 2005

  • Like you, we put our beliefs into motion -- what we call "engaged ethics" -- from our perspectives within Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Jainism, Buddhism ... well, it's a long list, isn't it?

    Rev. Jerry Campbell: An Email To President Obama Regarding Your National Prayer Breakfast Address

  • What keeps the reader thoroughly engaged is not drama but the high quality of Hadrian's thought and powers of observation.

    Portrait of Power Embodied in a Roman Emperor

  • Moncrieff says it is vital that the international community remain engaged in Guinea after the elections to ensure stability in the country and the region.

    Watchdog Groups Call for Reform, Accountability in Guinean Military

  • I think all Asia can be confident that the U.S. intends to remain engaged in Asia as we have been for so many scores of years before and that we intend to be an active party, not only in economic and political matters but also in defense and security matters, Gates said.

    US Defense Secretary Invited to Visit China

  • "While we will be leaving Columbia, we will return often, and I will remain engaged in activities in my role as First Lady, acknowledging that my responsibilities to my family come first," she said.

    Jenny Sanford moving out of governor's mansion

  • The Brooklyn-based Akashic Books, for example, has evolved from an independent record label engaged with punk and politics, to a publishing phenomenon with franchises like "Brooklyn Noir" and the recent not-really-a-kid's book, "Go the F— to Sleep."

    Serving Juicy Paperbacks, With Pulp


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