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verb engage pronunciation in American English /ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/
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present tense
present participleengaging
past tenseengaged
past participleengaged
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  1. 1
    [transitive] formal to attract and keep someones 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.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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