Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENGAGES

I've brought another, which engages to give every satigefaction.'

This shall be the second law: He who engages in retail trade must be either a metic or a stranger.

He engages in the raising of chickens, hogs, cattle, and horses.

Not done with: he engages to surpass All yet performed in Ireland.

In this story it is the new navy, with all of its progress and development, which engages our attention.

Neptune engages on the Grecian side, and the battle proceeds.

Engages with friends to search South Sea Islands for treasures.

He engages at his own expense an artist at 200 pounds a year to go with him.

The man who engages in it is stamped with everlasting infamy.

For the moment, the problem that engages our attention is of a psychological order.

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).

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.