Meaning of “engagement” in the English Dictionary

"engagement" in British English

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engagementnoun

uk /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ.mənt/ us /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ.mənt/

engagement noun (MARRIAGE)

[ C ] an agreement to marry someone:

They announced their engagement at the party on Saturday.
an engagement party

engagement noun (INTEREST)

[ U ] the fact of being involved with something:

He was known for his engagement with the problems of the most difficult students.
their lack of engagement in politics

[ U ] the process of encouraging people to be interested in the work of an organization, etc.:

This article outlines the council's communication and public engagement strategy.
The charity is currently recruiting for an experienced engagement officer.

(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 particular time 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 numerous speaking engagements (= arrangements to give formal speeches) 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 announced their engagement.

(Definition of “engagement” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"engagement" in Business English

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engagementnoun

uk /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒmənt/ us

[ 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)