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noun  /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒmənt/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a formal agreement to get married
    break off an engagement (=end it):

    Miranda has not met any other man since she broke off their engagement.

    1. a.
      the period during which two people are engaged to be married

      a long engagement

  2. 2
    [countable] a formal arrangement to meet someone or to do something, especially as part of your public duties

    Official engagements take up about 50% of his time.

    I’m afraid I have a previous lunch engagement.

  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] formal a battle between armies

    the rules of engagement

  4. 4
    [uncountable] the action of parts of a machine when they connect with each other
  5. 5
    [countable/uncountable] formal an arrangement to employ someone or to use their services
  6. 6
    [uncountable] formal the feeling of being involved in a particular activity
    engagement with:

    Participants assess their level of engagement with their child’s feelings.


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