Translation of "engage" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/ us

A mainly UK formal to employ someone

I have engaged a secretary to deal with all my paperwork.
We’re engaging the services of a professional administrator.

A 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 continue reading it.

formal to become involved, or have contact, with someone or something

trabar conversación, tomar parte, meterse
She’s an intelligent child but in class she doesn’t really engage.
Just stay out of his way as much as possible, and don’t engage with him.

to make one part of a machine fit into and move together with another part of a machine

engranar (con), embragar
When the large gear wheel engages (with the smaller one), the mill stone will start to go round.

specialized military to attack or begin to fight someone

entablar combate con
Enemy planes engaged the troops as they advanced into the mountains.

Indian English to teach someone, especially a class of children, or to keep someone busy


Phrasal verb(s)


adjective uk /ˌɑ̃.ɡæʒˈeɪ/ us formal

especially of a writer, musician, artist, etc. interested in and taking part in politics


(Translation of “engage” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /inˈɡeidʒ/

to begin to employ (a workman etc)

He engaged him as his assistant.

to book; to reserve

He has engaged an entertainer for the children’s party.

to take hold of or hold fast; to occupy

He tried to engage her attention.

to join battle with

entablar combate con
The two armies were fiercely engaged in battle.

to (cause part of a machine etc to) fit into and lock with another part

The driver engaged second gear.
engaged adjective

bound by promise (especially to marry)

She became engaged to John.

(with in) employed or occupied

She is engaged in social work.

busy; not free; occupied

Please come if you are not already engaged for that evening
The room / telephone line is engaged.
engagement noun

contrato, petición de mano, compromiso, combate
the engagement of three new assistants
When shall we announce our engagement?
Have you any engagements tomorrow?
a naval engagement (= battle)
(also adjective) an engagement ring.
engaging adjective


an engaging smile.

(Translation of “engage” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)