—v.t. 1. to occupy the attention or efforts of (a person or persons): He engaged her in conversation. 2. to secure for aid, employment, use, etc.; hire: to engage a worker; to engage a room. 3. to attract and hold fast: The novel engaged her attention and interest. 4. to attract or please: His good nature engages everyone. 5. to bind, as by pledge, promise, contract, or oath; make liable: He engaged himself to repay his debt within a month. 6. to betroth (usually used in the passive): They were engaged last week. 7. to bring (troops) into conflict; enter into conflict with: Our army engaged the enemy. 8. Mech.to cause (gears or the like) to become interlocked; interlock with.
9. to attach or secure.
10. Obs.to entangle or involve.
—v.i. 1. to occupy oneself; become involved: to engage in business or politics. 2. to take employment: She engaged in her mother's business. 3. to pledge one's word; assume an obligation: I was unwilling to engage on such terms. 4. to cross weapons; enter into conflict: The armies engaged early in the morning. 5. Mech.(of gears or the like) to interlock.
Pronunciation: ( Fr. än-ga-zhā'),[key] —adj. choosing to involve oneself in or commit oneself to something: Some of the political activists grew less engagé as the years passed.