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engage

verb  /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/ us  

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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