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engaged

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

committed \committed\ adjective

1. Bound or obligated, as under a pledge to a particular cause, action, or attitude. Opposite of {uncommitted}.

Note: [Narrower terms: {bound up, involved, wrapped up}; {dedicated, devoted}; {pledged, sworn}] [WordNet 1.5]

2. Associated in an exclusive sexual relationship; also called {attached}. Opposite of {unattached}.

Note: [Narrower terms: {affianced}, {bespoken}, {betrothed}, {engaged}, {pledged}, {promised}(predicate); {married}] [Also See: {loving}.]

Syn: attached. [WordNet 1.5]

3. Consigned involuntarily to custody, as in a prison or mental institution. [WordNet 1.5]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Engaged \En*gaged"\, adjective

1. Occupied; employed; busy.

2. Pledged; promised; especially, having the affections pledged; promised in marriage; affianced; betrothed.

3. Greatly interested; of awakened zeal; earnest.

4. Involved; esp., involved in a hostile encounter; as, the engaged ships continued the fight.

{Engaged column}. (Arch.) Same as {Attached column}. See under {Attach}, verb (used with an object)

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Engage \En*gage"\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Engaged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Engaging}.] [F. engager; pref. en- (L. in) + gage pledge, pawn. See {Gage}.]

1. To put under pledge; to pledge; to place under obligations to do or forbear doing something, as by a pledge, oath, or promise; to bind by contract or promise. "I to thee engaged a prince's word." --Shak.

2. To gain for service; to bring in as associate or aid; to enlist; as, to engage friends to aid in a cause; to engage men for service.

3. To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw.

Good nature engages everybody to him. --Addison.

4. To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on.

Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage. --Pope.

Taking upon himself the difficult task of engaging him in conversation. --Hawthorne.

5. To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict.

A favorable opportunity of engaging the enemy. --Ludlow.

6. (Mach.) To come into gear with; as, the teeth of one cogwheel engage those of another, or one part of a clutch engages the other part.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

engaged

adjective

1: having ones attention or mind or energy engaged; "she keeps herself fully occupied with volunteer activities"; "deeply engaged in conversation" [syn: {engaged}, {occupied}]

2: involved in military hostilities; "the desperately engaged ships continued the fight"

3: reserved in advance [syn: {booked}, {engaged}, {set- aside(p)}]

4: (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; ('engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line); "her line is busy"; "receptionists' telephones are always engaged"; "the lavatory is in use"; "kept getting a busy signal" [syn: {busy}, {engaged}, {in use(p)}]

5: (used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interacting; "the gears are engaged"; "meshed gears"; "intermeshed twin rotors" [syn: {engaged}, {meshed}, {intermeshed}]

6: having services contracted for; "the carpenter engaged (or employed) for the job is sick"

7: built against or attached to a wall; "engaged columns"

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