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engage

[ en-geyj ]SEE DEFINITION OF engage

Synonyms for engage

  • employ
  • enlist
  • appoint
  • bespeak
  • book
  • charter
  • commission
  • contract
  • enroll
  • ink
  • lease
  • place
  • prearrange
  • rent
  • reserve
  • retain
  • secure
  • bring on board
  • come on board
  • put on
  • sign on
  • sign up
  • take on
  • truck with
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Antonyms for engage

  • shun
  • cancel
  • dismiss
  • fire
  • free
  • give
  • let go
  • lose
  • reject
  • spend
  • banish
  • break off
  • break up
  • decline
  • defuse
  • discharge
  • disconnect
  • eject
  • expel
  • give up
  • oust
  • refuse
  • release
  • surrender
  • yield
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENGAGE

I offered to engage not to marry at all, if that condition may be accepted.

Your aunt has been forced to engage not to interfere but by your father's direction.

He solicits me, 'To engage my honour to him never to have Mr. Solmes.'

Will you engage, my dear, that the hated man shall not come near your house?

I beg you will encourage the militia and engage them to continue their exertions.

Any one with brains can get rich in this country if he will engage the right lawyer.

The winning of a battle is not enough to engage all our admiration; it must be won by an artist.

But it is futile to engage in the controversies of the past.

If he was shaved to-morrow, I'd engage you'd see it fast enough.

We were a long bit ahead of her, and did not engage for some time.

WORD ORIGIN

early 15c., "to pledge," from Middle French engagier, from Old French en gage "under pledge," from en "make" + gage "pledge," through Frankish from Proto-Germanic *wadiare "pledge" (see wed).

It shows the common evolution of Germanic -w- to French -g-; cf. Guillaume from Wilhelm). Meaning "attract the attention of" is from 1640s; that of "employ" is from 1640s, from notion of "binding as by a pledge." Specific sense of "promise to marry" is 1610s (implied in engaged).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ENGAGE

absorb

verboccupy complete attention
  • captivate
  • concern
  • consume
  • employ
  • engage
  • engross
  • fascinate
  • fill
  • hold
  • immerse
  • involve
  • monopolize
  • obsess
  • preoccupy
  • rivet

appeal

verbattract, interest
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