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"engaged" in British English

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engagedadjective

uk   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd/  us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd/
  • engaged adjective (MARRIAGE)

B1 having formally agreed 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 legal battle with the council for several months. She's part of a team of scientists who are engaged on/upon cancer research.
[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 public toilet 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 toilet door 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/
publicly promising 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 book tickets found 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 government departments.
be engaged in sth
to be involved in something: The broadcaster is engaged in a complex legal battle over a failed joint venture.
(Definition of engaged from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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