from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Occupied; employed; busy.
  • adjective Pledged; promised; especially, having the affections pledged; promised in marriage; affianced; betrothed.
  • adjective Greatly interested; of awakened zeal; earnest.
  • adjective Involved; esp., involved in a hostile encounter.
  • adjective (Arch.) Same as Attached column. See under Attach, v. t.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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