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engage

verb uk   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/ us  

engage verb (EMPLOY)

[T] mainly UK formal to employ someone: [+ to infinitive] I have engaged a secretary to deal with all my paperwork. We're engaging the services of a professional administrator.Recruiting staff, applying for and accepting jobs

engage verb (INTEREST)

C1 [T] formal to interest someone in something and keep them thinking about it: The debate about food safety has engaged the whole nation. If a book doesn't engage my interest in the first few pages, I don't usually carry on reading it.Inspiration and inspiringMaking people excited and interestedInspiration and inspiring

engage verb (FIT TOGETHER)

[I or T] to make one part of a machine fit into and move together with another part of a machine: When the large cog wheel engages (with the smaller one), the mill stone will start to go round.Mechanical engineeringPlacing and positioning an object

engage verb (BEGIN FIGHTING)

[I or T] specialized military to attack or begin to fight someone: Enemy planes engaged the troops as they advanced into the mountains.Attacking and invadingFighting

engage verb (TEACH)

Indian English [T] to teach someone, especially a class of children, or to keep someone busy
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of engage verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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