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Meaning of “engage” in the English Dictionary

"engage" in British English

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engageverb

uk   us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/
  • engage verb (EMPLOY)

[T] mainly UK formal to ​employ someone: [+ to infinitive] I have engaged a ​secretary todeal with all my ​paperwork. We're engaging the ​services of a ​professionaladministrator.

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  • engage verb (INTEREST)

C1 [T] formal to ​interest someone in something and ​keep them ​thinking about it: The ​debate about ​foodsafety has engaged the ​wholenation. If a ​book doesn't engage my interest in the first few ​pages, I don't usually ​continuereading it. [I] formal to ​becomeinvolved, or have ​contact, with someone or something: She's an ​intelligentchild but in ​class she doesn't really engage. Just ​stay out of his way as much as ​possible, and don't engage with him.

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engagéadjective

uk   us   /ˌɑ̃.ɡæʒˈeɪ/ formal
especially of a ​writer, ​musician, ​artist, etc. ​interested in and taking ​part in ​politics
(Definition of engage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"engage" in American English

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engageverb

 us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/
  • engage verb (INTEREST)

[T] to ​cause someone to ​becomeinterested or ​involved in an ​activity, or to ​attract someone’s ​interest: He ​wrote about things that engaged him.
  • engage verb (FIT TOGETHER)

[I/T] to ​fit one ​part of a ​machine into another so they move together, or ​cause something to ​fit into and move together: [I] The ​gears won’t engage. [T] You need to engage second ​gear.
  • engage verb (BEGIN FIGHTING)

[T] to ​attack or ​begin to ​fight an ​enemy in a ​militaryoperation: The marines engaged the ​enemy.
  • engage verb (EMPLOY)

[T] to ​arrange to ​employ someone; ​hire: She ​decided to engage a ​personalassistant. Her ​family engaged a ​tutor to ​teach her ​French.
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(Definition of engage from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"engage" in Business English

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engageverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/
to ​employ someone: engage sb (to do sth) They have engaged ​accountancyfirm Ernst & Young to ​approachfinancialinstitutions for ​funding on their behalf. It would be ​prudent to engage the ​services of a ​lawyer to ​help with this matter.
(Definition of engage from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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