engaged

Engaged means fully occupied or having your full attention. An engaged reader really focuses on the words and maybe even jots down questions or comments in the pages' margins.

If you're busy or involved with something, you're engaged in it. A formal reply to an invitation to lunch might be, "I'm sorry, I'm otherwise engaged" — meaning you already have plans. Engaged often describes people who have committed to getting married. You can see this meaning in the word's origin, the French word engagier, meaning "to pledge."

Primary Meanings of engaged

1.
adj
having one's attention or mind or energy engaged
2.
adj
(of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line)
3.
adj
(used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interacting
4.
adj
reserved in advance
5.
adj
involved in military hostilities
6.
adj
built against or attached to a wall
Full Definitions of engaged
1

adj having one's attention or mind or energy engaged

“deeply engaged in conversation”
Synonyms:
occupied
busy
actively or fully engaged or occupied

adj having services contracted for

“the carpenter engaged (or employed) for the job is sick”
Synonyms:
employed
having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary
2

adj (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line)

“receptionists' telephones are always engaged
Synonyms:
busy, in use
occupied
held or filled or in use
3

adj (used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interacting

“the gears are engaged
Synonyms:
intermeshed, meshed
geared
equipped with or connected by gears or having gears engaged
4

adj reserved in advance

Synonyms:
booked, set-aside
reserved
set aside for the use of a particular person or party
5

adj involved in military hostilities

“the desperately engaged ships continued the fight”
Synonyms:
involved
connected by participation or association or use
6

adj built against or attached to a wall

engaged columns”
Synonyms:
connected
joined or linked together

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