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

Engagement \En*gage"ment\, noun [Cf. F. engagement.]

1. The act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or entering into contest.

2. The state of being engaged, pledged or occupied; specif., a pledge to take some one as husband or wife.

3. That which engages; engrossing occupation; employment of the attention; obligation by pledge, promise, or contract; an enterprise embarked in; as, his engagements prevented his acceptance of any office.

Religion, which is the chief engagement of our league. --Milton.

4. (Mil.) An action; a fight; a battle.

In hot engagement with the Moors. --Dryden.

5. (Mach.) The state of being in gear; as, one part of a clutch is brought into engagement with the other part.

Syn: Vocation; business; employment; occupation; promise; stipulation; betrothal; word; battle; combat; fight; contest; conflict. See {Battle}.

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

engagement

noun

1: a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war; "Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga"; "he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement" [syn: {battle}, {conflict}, {fight}, {engagement}]

2: a meeting arranged in advance; "she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date" [syn: {date}, {appointment}, {engagement}]

3: a mutual promise to marry [syn: {betrothal}, {troth}, {engagement}]

4: the act of giving someone a job [syn: {employment}, {engagement}]

5: employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time; "the play had bookings throughout the summer" [syn: {engagement}, {booking}]

6: contact by fitting together; "the engagement of the clutch"; "the meshing of gears" [syn: {engagement}, {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" [syn: {engagement}, {participation}, {involvement}, {involution}] [ant: {non-engagement}, {non- involvement}, {nonparticipation}]


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