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Definition of engagement noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    engagement

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡeɪdʒmənt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡeɪdʒmənt//
     
    Marriage, Conflict
     
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    before marriage
  1. 1[countable] an agreement to marry somebody; the period during which two people are engaged Their engagement was announced in the local paper. engagement (to somebody) She has broken off her engagement to Charles. an engagement party a long/short engagement See related entries: Marriage
  2. arrangement to do something
  3. 2[countable] 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] (specialist) fighting between two armies, etc. The general tried to avoid an engagement with the enemy. See related entries: Conflict
  6. being involved
  7. 4[uncountable] engagement (with somebody/something) (formal) being involved with somebody/something in an attempt to understand them/it Her views are based on years of engagement with the problems of the inner city.
  8. employment
  9. 5[uncountable, countable] (British English) an arrangement to employ somebody; the process of employing somebody The terms of engagement are to be agreed in writing.
  10. Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the general sense ‘a legal or moral obligation’): French, from engager ‘to pledge’.Extra examples He announced his engagement to his long-time girlfriend. He had an important engagement with his financial adviser. Her church promoted civic engagement. Higher education can contribute to civic engagement. It is important that I keep this engagement. Mrs Meyer regrets that she is unable to attend owing to a previous engagement. The chairman will carry out no official public engagements during the month of August. The president fell ill and was forced to cancel all public engagements. The president was forced to cancel all public engagements. his serious intellectual engagement with this issue the decline in political engagement the lack of engagement in politics Her views are based on years of engagement with the problems of the inner city. I don’t keep an engagement diary these days. I had to refuse because of a prior engagement. It was her first official engagement.
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