engage Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “engage” in the English Dictionary

"engage" in British English

See all translations

engageverb

uk   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/  us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/
  • 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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 continue reading it.
[I] formal to become involved, or have contact, with someone or something: 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.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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 gear wheel engages (with the smaller one), the mill stone will start to go round.
Phrasal verbs

engagéadjective

uk   /ˌɒ̃.ɡæʒˈeɪ/  us   /ˌɒ̃.ɡæʒˈeɪ/ formal
(Definition of engage from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"engage" in American English

See all translations

engageverb

 us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/
  • engage verb (INTEREST)

[T] to cause someone to become interested 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 military operation: The marines engaged the enemy.
  • engage verb (EMPLOY)

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

"engage" in Business English

See all translations

engageverb [T]

uk   us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/
to employ someone: engage sb (to do sth) They have engaged accountancy firm Ernst & Young to approach financial institutions 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)
What is the pronunciation of engage?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

droid

a robot (= a machine controlled by computer) that is made to look like a human

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More