Translation of "engage" - English-French dictionary


verb /inˈɡeidʒ/

to begin to employ (a workman etc)

He engaged him as his assistant.

to book; to reserve

He has engaged an entertainer for the children’s party.

to take hold of or hold fast; to occupy

He tried to engage her attention.

to join battle with

être aux prises
The two armies were fiercely engaged in battle.

to (cause part of a machine etc to) fit into and lock with another part

The driver engaged second gear.
engaged adjective

bound by promise (especially to marry)

She became engaged to John.

(with in) employed or occupied

occupé (à)
She is engaged in social work.

busy; not free; occupied

Please come if you are not already engaged for that evening
The room / telephone line is engaged.
engagement noun

recrutement, fiançailles, rendez-vous, combat; de fiançailles
the engagement of three new assistants
When shall we announce our engagement?
Have you any engagements tomorrow?
a naval engagement (= battle)
(also adjective) an engagement ring.
engaging adjective


an engaging smile.

(Translation of “engage” from the PASSWORD English–French Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)