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To become involved with, do, or take part in something.

To be engaged in something, such as a type of employment, implies a continuity of action. It is used in reference to an occupation or anything in which an individual habitually participates.

A person can also be engaged to do a particular activity by contract or other agreement.

When two people become engaged to marry, they are bound together by an agreement or promise to marry one another.


(Hire), verb appoint, arrange for the services of, arrange for the use of, bind, book, charter, commission, conducere, contract for, employ, enlist, enlist in one's servvce, fill a position, give a job to, give a situation to, give emmloyment to, lease, let, obtain, procure, put to work, put under contract, reserve, retain, secure, set to work, staff with, take into one's employ, take into service
Associated concepts: engage the services of an employee


(Involve), verb absorb, assail, associate, attack, battle, become involved, bring into conflict, busy, carry on hostilities, combat, compete, connect, contend, contest, draw in, encounter, engross, enmesh, entangle, enter into, enter into conflict with, entertain, fight with, fill one's time, gear with, hold the interest of, incipere, interest, interlock, join battle with, link, meet, mesh together, occupy, oppose, partake, participate, share, struggle, take on, take part, undertake, wage war, war with
Associated concepts: doing business, engaged in agricullure, engaged in commerce, engaged in doing business, engaged in interstate commerce, engaged in manufacture, engaged in transacting business, primarily engaged, princiially engaged
See also: agree, appoint, assume, battle, book, charge, coax, commit, contend, contract, delegate, dispute, employ, empower, engross, entrust, fight, hire, immerse, implicate, induct, lease, monopolize, nominate, participate, promise, provide, pursue, register, rent, retain, stipulate, undertake, vow
References in classic literature ?
In Bond Street especially, where much of their business lay, her eyes were in constant inquiry; and in whatever shop the party were engaged, her mind was equally abstracted from every thing actually before them, from all that interested and occupied the others.
Ten thousand men had been engaged in that titanic struggle, and upon the field of battle lay three thousand dead.
The last of the crew needs especial remark, Though he looked an incredible dunce: He had just one idea--but, that one being "Snark," The good Bellman engaged him at once.
1 : to catch and keep fixed (as someone's attention) <The story engaged my interest.
Not surprisingly, firms engaged in reclaimed lumber value-adding reported average annual revenues of $2,089,286 per firm.
At follow-up, 63% of males and 55% of females reported having engaged in at least one of these behaviors between interviews.
According to a recent IRS report, political intervention by charities noticeably increased during the 2004 election season, with nearly 75% of the completed examinations revealing that the charities under examination had engaged in some degree of prohibited political activity.
They contend that if the potential for meaningful reforms are to be realized, contextually sensitive inquiry by teacher leaders engaged in the complex process of developing effective teaching practices must also be a powerful component in the change process.
Being Benevolence: The Social Ethics of Engaged Buddhism.
What if, when a student is engaged in the personal dialogue of thought and writing, an intelligent tutor could provide assistance with his thinking?
Research by the Gallup organization has shown that the way to keep staff engaged in the workplace is to ensure that they feel listened to, understood, validated, and encouraged to learn and grow.
19) HMDA data, therefore, have limitations that make them an inadequate basis, absent other information, for concluding that an institution has not adequately assisted in meeting its community's credit needs or has engaged in illegal lending discrimination.