If you are a musician or performer and you arrange for a performance, then you have booked an engagement. You might stand in line for tickets when your favorite comedian books an engagement at the local theater.

An engagement can also be a general appointment. A previous engagement is the perfect excuse not to go to the opera with your grandmother. An engagement also means an agreement to get married. The news of your engagement might please everyone you know except your fiancé's ex-girlfriend. A military engagement is a hostile meeting of military forces on opposing sides of a conflict.

Definitions of engagement
  1. noun
    a meeting arranged in advance
    synonyms: appointment, date
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    blind date
    a date with a stranger
    double date
    a date in which two couples participate
    rendezvous, tryst
    a date; usually with a member of the opposite sex
    type of:
    get together, meeting
    a small informal social gathering
  2. noun
    a mutual promise to marry
    synonyms: betrothal, troth
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    the giving of a ring as a token of engagement
    type of:
    a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
  3. noun
    employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time
    synonyms: booking
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    a booking for musicians
    type of:
    employment, work
    the occupation for which you are paid
  4. noun
    the act of giving someone a job
    synonyms: employment
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    a way of hiring longshoremen by the day; applicants gather around a union boss who selects those to be hired
    the recall of an employee after a layoff
    booking, reservation
    the act of reserving (a place or passage) or engaging the services of (a person or group)
    type of:
    something done (usually as opposed to something said)
  5. noun
    the act of sharing in the activities of a group
    “the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities”
    synonyms: involution, involvement, participation
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    non-engagement, non-involvement, nonparticipation
    withdrawing from the activities of a group
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    an engagement by contract involving financial obligation
    intercession, intervention
    the act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute, etc.)
    group participation
    participation by all members of a group
    the act of incurring (making yourself subject to something undesirable)
    intermediation, mediation
    the act of intervening for the purpose of bringing about a settlement
    type of:
    group action
    action taken by a group of people
  6. noun
    contact by fitting together
    “the engagement of the clutch”
    synonyms: interlocking, mesh, meshing
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    type of:
    contact, impinging, striking
    the physical coming together of two or more things
  7. noun
    a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
    “he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement
    synonyms: battle, conflict, fight
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    Battle of Britain
    the prolonged bombardment of British cities by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and the aerial combat that accompanied it
    in 1649 the place was captured by Oliver Cromwell, who massacred the Catholic inhabitants
    the naval battle in which Antony and Cleopatra were defeated by Octavian's fleet under Agrippa in 31 BC
    Aegadean Isles
    islands west of Sicily (now known as the Egadi Islands) where the Romans won a naval victory over the Carthaginians that ended the first Punic War in 241 BC
    a river in ancient Thrace (now Turkey); in the mouth of this river the Spartan fleet under Lysander destroyed the Athenian fleet in the final battle of the Peloponnesian War (404 BC)
    a battle in northern France in which English longbowmen under Henry V decisively defeated a much larger French army in 1415
    battle of Austerlitz
    a decisive battle during the Napoleonic campaigns (1805); the French under Napoleon defeated the Russian armies of Czar Alexander I and the Austrian armies of Emperor Francis II
    a battle in which the Scots under Robert the Bruce defeated the English and assured the independence of Scotland
    Battle of Kerbala
    a battle in 680 in which the grandson of Mohammed and his followers were killed
    Battle of the Ardennes Bulge
    a battle during World War II; in December 1944 von Rundstedt launched a powerful counteroffensive in the forest at Ardennes and caught the Allies by surprise
    Battle of the Marne
    a World War I battle in northwestern France where the Allies defeated the Germans in 1918
    battle of the Bismarck Sea
    a naval battle in World War II; Allied land-based bombers destroyed a Japanese convoy in the Bismarck Sea in March 1943
    the First Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene of Savoy defeated the French in 1704 during the War of the Spanish Succession
    Napoleon defeated the Russians in 1812 in a pitched battle at a village in western Russia west of Moscow, but irreparably weakened his army
    Bosworth Field
    the battle that ended the Wars of the Roses (1485); Richard III was killed and Henry Tudor was crowned as Henry VII
    in 1214 the French under Philip Augustus defeated a coalition formed against him in one of the greatest battles of the middle ages
    battle of Boyne
    a battle in the War of the Grand Alliance in Ireland in 1690; William III defeated the deposed James II and so ended the Catholicism that had been reintroduced in England by the Stuarts
    battle of Brunanburh
    a battle in 937 when Athelstan defeated the Scots
    Buena Vista
    a pitched battle in the Mexican War in 1847; United States forces under Zachary Taylor defeated the Mexican forces under Santa Anna at a locality in northern Mexico
    Battle of Bull Run
    either of two battles during the American Civil War (1861 and 1862); Confederate forces defeated the Federal army in both battles
    battle of Bunker Hill
    the first important battle of the American War of Independence (1775) which was fought at Breed's Hill; the British defeated the colonial forces
    ancient city is southeastern Italy where Hannibal defeated the Romans in 216 BC
    battle of Caporetto
    battle of World War I (1917); Italians were defeated by the Austrian and German forces
    Caudine Forks
    a battle in the Apennines in 321 BC in which the Samnites defeated the Romans
    a battle in which Philip II of Macedon defeated the Athenians and Thebans (338 BC) and also Sulla defeated Mithridates (86 BC)
    the battle in which Attila the Hun was defeated by the Romans and Visigoths in 451
    a major battle in the American Civil War (1863); the Confederates under Robert E. Lee defeated the Union forces under Joseph Hooker
    a pitched battle in the Mexican War that resulted in a major victory for American forces over Mexican forces at a locality south of Mexico City (1847)
    battle of Chattanooga
    in the American Civil War (1863) the Union armies of Hooker, Thomas, and Sherman under the command of Ulysses S. Grant won a decisive victory over the Confederate Army under Braxton Bragg
    battle of Chickamauga
    a Confederate victory in the American Civil War (1863); Confederate forces under Braxton Bragg defeated Union forces
    battle of the Coral Sea
    a Japanese defeat in World War II (May 1942); the first naval battle fought entirely by planes based on aircraft carriers
    battle of Cowpens
    battle in the American Revolution; Americans under Daniel Morgan defeated the British
    battle of Crecy
    the first decisive battle of the Hundred Years' War; in 1346 the English under Edward III defeated the French under Philip of Valois
    battle of Cunaxa
    battle in 401 BC when the Artaxerxes II defeated his younger brother who tried to usurp the throne
    battle of Cynoscephalae
    the battle that ended the second Macedonian War (197 BC); the Romans defeated Philip V who lost his control of Greece
    Battle of El Alamein
    a pitched battle in World War II (1942) resulting in a decisive Allied victory by British troops under Montgomery over German troops under Rommel
    Battle of Flodden Field
    a battle in 1513; the English defeated the invading Scots and James IV was killed
    Battle of Fontenoy
    a battle in 1745 in which the French army under Marshal Saxe defeated the English army and their allies under the duke of Cumberland
    Fort Ticonderoga
    a pitched battle in which American revolutionary troops captured Fort Ticonderoga from the British in 1775
    Battle of Fredericksburg
    an important battle in the American Civil War (1862); the Union Army under A. E. Burnside was defeated by the Confederate Army under Robert E. Lee
    Battle of Gettysburg
    a battle of the American Civil War (1863); the defeat of Robert E. Lee's invading Confederate Army was a major victory for the Union
    Battle of Granicus River
    the battle in which Alexander won his first major victory against the Persians (334 BC)
    Battle of Guadalcanal
    a battle in World War II in the Pacific (1942-1943); the island was occupied by the Japanese and later recaptured by American forces
    Hampton Roads
    a naval battle of the American Civil War (1862); the indecisive battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac
    battle of Hastings
    the decisive battle in which William the Conqueror (duke of Normandy) defeated the Saxons under Harold II (1066) and thus left England open for the Norman Conquest
    battle of Hohenlinden
    a battle during the Napoleonic Wars (1800); the French defeated the Austrians
    battle of Ipsus
    a battle between the successors of Alexander the Great (301 BC); Lysimachus and Seleucus defeated Antigonus and Demetrius
    battle of Issus
    a battle (333 BC) in which Alexander the Great defeated the Persians under Darius III
    Ivry la Bataille
    a battle (1590) in which the Huguenots under Henry IV defeated the Catholics under the duke of Mayenne
    Battle of Jena
    the battle in 1806 in which Napoleon decisively defeated the Prussians
    battle of Jutland
    an indecisive naval battle in World War I (1916); fought between the British and German fleets off the northwestern coast of Denmark
    Kennesaw Mountain
    battle of the American Civil War (1864); Union forces under William Tecumseh Sherman were repulsed by Confederate troops under Joseph Eggleston Johnston
    Battle of Lake Trasimenus
    a battle in 217 BC in which Hannibal ambushed a Roman army led by Flaminius
    battle of Langside
    (1568) Catholic forces supporting Mary Queen of Scots were routed by Protestants
    Battle of Lepanto
    Turkish sea power was destroyed in 1571 by a league of Christian nations organized by the Pope
    battle of Leuctra
    Thebes defeated Sparta in 371 BC; the battle ended Sparta's military supremacy in Greece
    Lexington and Concord
    the first battle of the American Revolution (April 19, 1775)
    battle of Lule Burgas
    the principal battle of the Balkan Wars (1912); Bulgarian forces defeated the Turks
    battle of Lutzen
    a battle in the Thirty Years' War (1632); Swedes under Gustavus Adolphus defeated the Holy Roman Empire under Wallenstein; Gustavus Adolphus was killed
    Battle of Magenta
    a battle in 1859 in which the French and Sardinian forces under Napoleon III defeated the Austrians under Francis Joseph I
    Battle of Maldon
    a battle in which the Danes defeated the Saxons in 991; celebrated in an old English poem
    Manila Bay
    a naval battle in the Spanish-American War (1898); the American fleet under Admiral Dewey defeated the Spanish fleet
    the site of three famous battles among Greek city-states: in 418 BC and 362 BC and 207 BC
    battle of Marathon
    a battle in 490 BC in which the Athenians and their allies defeated the Persians
    a battle in 1800 in which the French under Napoleon Bonaparte won a great victory over the Austrians
    battle of Marston Moor
    a battle in 1644 in which the Parliamentarians under the earl of Manchester defeated the Royalists under Prince Rupert
    Metaurus River
    a battle during the second Punic War (207 BC); Hannibal's brother Hasdrubal was defeated by the Romans which ended Hannibal's hopes for success in Italy
    Battle of Midway
    naval battle of World War II (June 1942); American planes based on land and on carriers decisively defeated a Japanese fleet on its way to invade the Midway Islands
    battle of Minden
    a battle in the Seven Years' War (1759) in which the English forces and their allies defeated the French
    Battle of Monmouth Court House
    a pitched battle in New Jersey during the American Revolution (1778) that ended with the withdrawal of British forces
    Battle of Naseby
    a battle in 1645 that settled the outcome of the first English Civil War as the Parliamentarians won a major victory over the Royalists
    battle of Navarino
    a decisive naval battle in the War of Greek Independence (1827); the Turkish and Egyptian fleet was defeated by an allied fleet of British and French and Russian warships
    battle of Omdurman
    a battle (1898) in which an English and Egyptian army under Kitchener defeated the Sudanese
    battle of Panipat
    battle in which the ruler of Afghanistan defeated the Mahrattas in 1761
    Cape Passero
    a naval battle in the Mediterranean Sea off Cape Passero in which the Spanish navy was destroyed by France and England while attempting to recover Sicily and Sardinia from Italy (1719)
    battle of Pharsalus
    Caesar defeated Pompey in 48 BC
    battle of Philippi
    Octavian and Mark Antony defeated Brutus and Cassius in 42 BC
    battle of the Philippine Sea
    a naval battle in World War II (1944); a decisive naval victory for the United States fleet over the Japanese who were trying to block supplies from reaching American troops on Leyte
    battle of Plassey
    the victory in 1757 by the British under Clive over Siraj-ud-daula that established British supremacy over Bengal
    battle of Plataea
    a defeat of the Persian army by the Greeks at Plataea in 479 BC
    battle of Poitiers
    the battle in 1356 in which the English under the Black Prince defeated the French
    Port Arthur
    a battle in the Chino-Japanese War (1894); Japanese captured the port and fortifications from the Chinese
    Battle of Puebla
    a battle in which Mexican forces defeated the French in 1862
    Battle of Pydna
    a major victory by the Romans over the Macedonians in 168 BC; resulted in the downfall of the ancient Macedonian kingdom
    Battle of Ravenna
    a battle between the French and an alliance of Spaniards and Swiss and Venetians in 1512
    Battle of Rocroi
    a battle in the Thirty Years' War (1643); the French defeated the Spanish invaders
    battle of Rossbach
    a battle in the Seven Years' War (1757); Prussian forces under Frederick the Great defeated the armies of France and Austria
    battle of St Mihiel
    a battle in the Meuse-Argonne operation in World War I (1918); the battle in which American troops launched their first offensive in France
    Santiago de Cuba
    a naval battle in the Spanish-American War (1898); the United States fleet bottled up the Spanish ships in the harbor of Santiago de Cuba and destroyed them when they tried to escape
    battle of Saratoga
    a battle during the American Revolution (1777); the British under Burgoyne were defeated
    battle of Sempatch
    the Swiss Confederation escaped Hapsburg domination by their victory in 1386
    battle of Pittsburgh Landing
    the second great battle of the American Civil War (1862); the battle ended with the withdrawal of Confederate troops but it was not a Union victory
    battle of the Chemin-des-Dames
    a battle in World War I (May 1918); the Germans tried to attack before the American numbers were too great to defeat; the tactical success of the Germans proved to be a strategic failure
    battle of Solferino
    an indecisive battle in 1859 between the French and Sardinians under Napoleon III and the Austrians under Francis Joseph I
    Battle of the Somme
    battle in World War I (1916)
    Battle of the Somme
    battle of World War II (1944)
    Battle of the Spanish Armada
    in the English Channel a small fleet of British ships successfully defeated the large armada sent from Spain by Philip II to invade England
    battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse
    a battle between the armies of Grant and Lee during the Wilderness Campaign
    battle of Tannenberg
    a battle in World War I (1914); decisive German victory over the Russians
    battle of Tertry
    a battle in France in 687 among the descendants of Clovis
    battle of Teutoburger Wald
    a battle in 9 AD in which the Germans under Arminius annihilated three Roman Legions
    battle of Tewkesbury
    the final battle of the War of the Roses in 1471 in which Edward IV defeated the Lancastrians
    battle of Thermopylae
    a famous battle in 480 BC; a Greek army under Leonidas was annihilated by the Persians who were trying to conquer Greece
    battle of Trafalgar
    a naval battle in 1805 off the southwest coast of Spain; the French and Spanish fleets were defeated by the English under Nelson (who was mortally wounded)
    battle of Trasimeno
    a battle in central Italy where Hannibal defeated the Romans under Flaminius in 217 BC
    a naval battle in the Russo-Japanese War (1905); the Japanese fleet defeated the Russian fleet in the Korean Strait
    battle of Valmy
    the French defeated the Austrian and Prussian troops in 1792 (with a famous cannonade from the French artillery)
    battle of Verdun
    a battle in World War I (1916); in some of the bloodiest fighting in World War I the German offensive was stopped
    battle of Wagram
    a battle in the Napoleonic campaigns (1809); Napoleon defeated the Austrians
    Battle of Waterloo
    the battle on 18 June 1815 in which Prussian and British forces under Blucher and the Duke of Wellington routed the French forces under Napoleon
    Yalu River
    a battle in the Korean War (November 1950); when UN troops advanced north to the Yalu River 200,000 Chinese troops crossed the river and drove them back
    first battle of Ypres
    battle in World War I (1914); heavy but indecisive fighting as the Allies and the Germans both tried to break through the lines of the others
    second battle of Ypres
    battle in World War I (1915); Germans wanted to try chlorine (a toxic yellow gas) as a weapon and succeeded in taking considerable territory from the Allied salient
    third battle of Ypres
    battle in World War I (1917); an Allied offensive which eventually failed because tanks bogged down in the waterlogged soil of Flanders; Germans introduced mustard gas which interfered with the Allied artillery
    battle of Zama
    the battle in 202 BC in which Scipio decisively defeated Hannibal at the end of the second Punic War
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    any catastrophically destructive battle
    pitched battle
    a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
    naval battle
    a pitched battle between naval fleets
    armed combat, combat
    an engagement fought between two military forces
    an aerial engagement between fighter planes
    close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
    resisting arrest
    physical efforts to oppose a lawful arrest; the resistance is classified as assault and battery upon the person of the police officer attempting to make the arrest
    belligerency, hostilities
    fighting; acts of overt warfare
    trench warfare
    a type of armed combat in which the opposing troops fight from trenches that face each other
    a direct and violent assault on a stronghold
    the act of initiating hostilities
    type of:
    action, military action
    a military engagement
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