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Noun: engagement  en'geyj-munt or in'geyj-munt
  1. 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";
    - battle, conflict, fight
  2. A meeting arranged in advance
    - date, appointment
  3. A mutual promise to marry
    - betrothal, troth [archaic], betrothment
  4. The act of giving someone a job
    - employment
  5. Employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time
    "the play had engagements throughout the summer";
    - booking
  6. Contact by fitting together
    "the engagement of the clutch";
    - mesh, meshing, interlocking
  7. The act of sharing in the activities of a group
    "the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities";
    - participation, involvement, involution

Derived forms: engagements

Type of: action, contact, employment, get together, group action, impinging, meeting, military action, promise, striking, work

Part of: war, warfare

Encyclopedia: Engagement