engage

Engage means to bind, catch, or involve. If your sink is stopped up, engage, or hire, a plumber to fix it. Otherwise the smell of rotten food in the garbage disposal will engage your attention (in a bad way).

Engage comes from a French word for pledge. If you agree to marry your sweetheart, you are engaged to marry. If you engage the kid next door to water your plants, she will expect to be paid for it. Engagement is also used to talk about war or conflict. An army engages its enemy in battle, just as you might engage in debate with a traffic cop over whether the light was yellow or red.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: engage

1
v
consume all of one's attention or time
2
v
carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in
3
v
get caught
4
v
give to in marriage
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: engage
1

v consume all of one's attention or time

Synonyms:
absorb, engross, occupy
Types:
involve
occupy or engage the interest of
consume
engage fully
rivet
hold (someone's attention)
Type of:
interest
excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

v engage for service under a term of contract

Synonyms:
charter, hire, lease, rent, take
Type of:
acquire, get
come into the possession of something concrete or abstract

v hire for work or assistance

engage aid, help, services, or support”
Synonyms:
enlist
Types:
recruit
seek to employ
Type of:
procure, secure
get by special effort

v engage or hire for work

Synonyms:
employ, hire
Antonyms:
can, dismiss, displace, fire, force out, give notice, give the axe, give the sack, sack, send away, terminate
terminate the employment of; discharge from an office or position
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featherbed
hire more workers than are necessary
fill
appoint someone to (a position or a job)
ship
hire for work on a ship
contract, sign, sign on, sign up
engage by written agreement
rat
employ scabs or strike breakers in
farm out, job, subcontract
arranged for contracted work to be done by others
contract out
assign a job to someone outside one's own business

v ask to represent; of legal counsel

Type of:
employ, hire
engage or hire for work
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v carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

“They engaged in a discussion”
Synonyms:
prosecute, pursue
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commit, practice
engage in or perform
close
engage at close quarters
politick
engage in political activities
logroll
work toward the passage of some legislation by exchanging political favors such as trading votes
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)

v carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)

Synonyms:
wage
Types:
offer, provide, put up
mount or put up
Type of:
contend, fight, struggle
be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight
3

v get caught

“make sure the gear is engaged
Antonyms:
disengage
become free
Types:
lock
become rigid or immoveable
Type of:
touch
make physical contact with, come in contact with

v keep engaged

engaged the gears”
Synonyms:
lock, mesh, operate
Antonyms:
disengage, withdraw
release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles
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flip, switch, throw
cause to go on or to be engaged or set in operation
ride
keep partially engaged by slightly depressing a pedal with the foot
switch on, turn on
cause to operate by flipping a switch
cut, switch off, turn off, turn out
cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
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v give to in marriage

Synonyms:
affiance, betroth, plight
Type of:
vow
make a vow; promise
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