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Definition of engagement noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    before marriage
  1. 1[countable] an agreement to marry someone; the period during which two people are engaged Their engagement was announced in the local paper. engagement (to somebody) She broke off her engagement to Charles. an engagement party a long/short engagement
  2. arrangement to do something
  3. 2[countable] (formal) an arrangement to do something at a particular time, especially something official or something connected with your job an engagement book/diary He has a number of social engagements next week. It was her first official engagement. I had to refuse because of a prior engagement.
  4. fighting
  5. 3[countable, uncountable] (technology) fighting between two armies, etc. The general tried to avoid an engagement with the enemy.
  6. being involved
  7. 4[uncountable] engagement (with somebody/something) (formal) being involved with someone or something in an attempt to understand them/it Her views are based on years of engagement with the problems of the inner city.
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