from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of engaging or the state of being engaged.
- n. Betrothal.
- n. Something that serves to engage; a pledge.
- n. A promise or agreement to be at a particular place at a particular time.
- n. Employment, especially for a specified time.
- n. A specific, often limited, period of employment.
- n. A hostile encounter; a battle.
- n. The condition of being in gear.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. an appointment, especially to speak or perform
- n. connection or attachment
- n. the period of time when marriage is planned or promised
- n. In any situation of conflict, an actual instance of active hostilities.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or entering into contest.
- n. The state of being engaged, pledged or occupied; specif., a pledge to take some one as husband or wife.
- n. That which engages; engrossing occupation; employment of the attention; obligation by pledge, promise, or contract; an enterprise embarked in.
- n. An action; a fight; a battle.
- n. The state of being in gear.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of engaging, binding, or pledging, or the state of being engaged, bound, or pledged.
- n. That to which one is engaged or pledged; an agreement; an appointment; a contract; an undertaking: as, he failed to fulfil his engagement.
- n. Specifically The state of having entered into a contract of marriage; betrothal: as, their engagement has been announced.
- n. That which engages or binds; obligation.
- n. Strong attachment or adherence; partiality; bias; partizanship.
- n. Occupation; employment of the attention; affair of business.
- n. In machinery, the act or state of meshing together and acting upon each other: as, the engagement of geared wheels.
- n. A combat between armies or fleets; a fight; a conflict; a battle.
- n. In fencing, the joining of weapons with an adversary: as, an engagement in carte, tierce, etc. Rolando (ed. Forsyth).
- n. Synonyms Pledge, etc. (see promise, n.), contract.
- n. Conflict, Fight, etc. See battle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
- n. a mutual promise to marry
- n. the act of giving someone a job
- n. the act of sharing in the activities of a group
- n. contact by fitting together
- n. a meeting arranged in advance
- n. employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time
Neither engagement nor sanctions yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Neither engagement nor sanctions'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: Burma\'s struggle for democracy still could not secure a viable solution while the \'constructive engagement\' or the western sanctions did not make any significant progress. '
Not sure what you mean by that term, but I also think that folks who don't exactly fit the term engagement are pretty interesting (and here I mean people who propose exit/exodus as a major political tool).
In particular, I think that the engagement is a MAJOR event in the context of this story.
While the backstory of her engagement is a stretch, the romance and the issues it creates have a real world touch.
This goes on a few times until their engagement is announced.
As both characters struggle for ultimate, complete control over the other, the engagement is almost comical.
It seems to me that both those countries interpret what you call engagement as a sort of appeasement.
Only Alfred Grant made trouble, presuming on what he termed our engagement, and endeavored to force my brother to join the
"Does my mother know of what you call your engagement to Miss Ibbotson?"
The Obama administration is embarking on a new policy towards Burma which it describes as engagement while keeping sanctions in place.