a. The action of engaging or the state of being engaged: engagement in diplomacy.
b. The condition of being in working position: engagement of the transmission.
a. A mutual promise to get married.
b. The period during which this promise is kept: a long engagement.
3. A pledge or obligation: meeting one's engagements.
4. A promise or agreement to be at a particular place at a particular time: a dinner engagement.
a. Employment, especially for a specified time: his engagement with the firm.
b. A specific, often limited, period of employment: a speaking engagement.
6. A hostile encounter; a battle or skirmish.
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