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"engage" in British English

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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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

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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.
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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   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/ us  
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)
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