engagement Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “engagement” in the English Dictionary

"engagement" in British English

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uk   us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ.mənt/

engagement noun (MARRIAGE)

[C] an ​agreement to ​marry someone: They announcedtheir engagement at the ​party on ​Saturday. an engagement party

engagement noun (ARRANGEMENT)

[C] formal an ​arrangement to ​meet someone or do something at a ​particulartime: a ​dinner engagement I'm ​afraid I have a previous/​prior engagement (= another ​arrangement already made).

engagement noun (FIGHTING)

[C or U] specialized military the ​act of ​beginning to ​fight someone, or a ​period of ​time in a ​war
(Definition of engagement from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"engagement" in American English

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engagementnoun [C]

 us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ·mənt/

engagement noun [C] (ARRANGEMENT TO MEET)

an ​arrangement to do something or ​meet someone at a ​particulartime and ​place: We have a ​dinner engagement ​Thursday. The Dance Theatre of Harlem ​began a two-week engagement at the Kennedy Center. The ​governor has ​numerousspeaking engagements (= ​arrangements to give ​formalspeeches) next ​month.

engagement noun [C] (BEGIN FIGHTING)

the ​act of ​beginning to ​fight someone, or a ​period of ​time in a ​war: a ​military engagement
the ​act of ​promising that you ​intend to ​marry, or the ​state of having ​decided to get ​married: They ​announcedtheir engagement.
(Definition of engagement from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"engagement" in Business English

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uk   us   /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒmənt/
[C] an ​arrangement to do something, or to be somewhere: a speaking/public engagement He is ​currently out of town on a speaking engagement.a prior/previous engagement I'm afraid she can't come; she has a previous engagement.
[U] HR the fact of ​employing someone: There were ​concerns about variability in the ​rates of ​pay and the terms of engagement of ​part-time tutors.
without engagement COMMERCE used to show that something, for ​example a ​price, can be ​changed: Please ​contact us for a written ​offer without engagement.
(Definition of engagement from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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