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Definition of 'engage'


  1. carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion"
       Synonyms: prosecute pursue
  2. engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
       Synonyms: absorb engross occupy
  3. engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?"
       Synonyms: hire employ
       Antonyms: fire give notice can dismiss give the axe send away sack force out give the sack terminate
  4. ask to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer"
  5. give to in marriage
       Synonyms: betroth affiance plight
  6. get caught; "make sure the gear is engaged"
       Antonyms: disengage
  7. carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns); "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe"
       Synonyms: wage
  8. hire for work or assistance; "engage aid, help, services, or support"
       Synonyms: enlist
  9. engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?"
       Synonyms: lease rent hire charter take
  10. keep engaged; "engaged the gears"
       Synonyms: mesh lock operate
       Antonyms: disengage withdraw

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