engaged Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"engaged" in British English

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engagedadjective

uk   us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd/

engaged adjective (MARRIAGE)

B1 having ​formallyagreed 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.
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engaged adjective (INVOLVED/BUSY)

[after verb] involved in something: They've been engaged in a ​legalbattle with the ​council for several ​months. She's ​part of a ​team of ​scientists who are engaged on/uponcancerresearch. [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).
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engaged adjective (IN USE)

B1 If a ​phone or ​publictoilet 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 ​toiletdoor said "Engaged".
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(Definition of engaged from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"engaged" in American English

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engagedadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd/
publiclypromising that you ​intend to ​marry someone: They ​decided to get engaged.
(Definition of engaged from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"engaged" in Business English

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engagedadjective

uk   us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd/
UK COMMUNICATIONS if a ​telephone is engaged, someone is already using it: Customers ​calling to ​bookticketsfound the ​line was constantly engaged.
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busy doing something: The ​president is ​currently engaged but you can ​meet with his ​deputy.
be engaged as sth to be ​working as something: At that ​time she was engaged as an ​adviser to several ​governmentdepartments.
be engaged in sth to be involved in something: The ​broadcaster is engaged in a complex ​legalbattle over a ​failedjointventure.
(Definition of engaged from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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