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English definition of “engaged”

engaged

adjective uk   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd/ us  

engaged adjective (MARRIAGE)

B1 having formally agreed to marry: Debbie and Christa have just got engaged. She was engaged to some guy in the army.formal They're engaged to be married in June.Marriage, cohabitation and other relationships

engaged adjective (INVOLVED/BUSY)

[after verb] involved in something: They've been engaged in a legal battle with the council for several months. She's part of a team of scientists who are engaged on/upon cancer research.Busy and activeHurrying and doing things quickly [after verb] formal busy doing something: I'd come to the meeting on Tuesday but I'm afraid I'm otherwise engaged (= doing something else).Unavailable and inaccessiblePresentFunctioningPerforming a function

engaged adjective (IN USE)

B1 If a phone or public toilet is engaged, someone is already using it: Every time I call her, she/the phone/the number is engaged.UK I've been trying to call him all evening, but I keep getting the engaged tone. The sign on the toilet door said 'Engaged'.
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