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verb     engage pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participleengaging
past tenseengaged
past participleengaged
  1. 1
    [transitive] formal to attract and keep someone’s interest or attention

    A good radio script should be able to engage the listener.

    1. a.
      to start to employ someone or use their services

      The company is to engage a new sales director.

      engage someone to do something:

      A magician has been engaged to provide entertainment.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a part of a machine engages, or if you engage it, it fits into another part so that they work together

    A microswitch in the gear shift automatically engages and disengages the clutch.

    The mechanism failed to engage, causing a fault.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] formal to start to fight with an enemy in battle


to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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