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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENGAGED

Plainly, too, he was a man of action and a man who engaged all her instinctive liking.

Then after she was engaged to Shepler they talked him out of it.

My granddaughter, you may have heard, is engaged to an Englishman.

While engaged with her father, she would cut wood, haul logs, etc.

On the 23rd we were engaged making preparations for a start for Eucla.

If he had engaged himself to a handsome schoolmistress, it was his fancy, and he could afford it.

Our peace with the power with whom we had been engaged had also been concluded.

The former is engaged in commerce and the latter is the popular member for Leeds.

You ask, Why may not your brother be first engaged in wedlock?

Should the eye be disgusted, when the heart is to be engaged?

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).

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