The Concise Oxford English Dictionary defines engage as:


  1. attract or involve (someone’s interest or attention).
  2. (engage in/with) participate or become involved in.
  3. chiefly Brit. employ or hire.
  4. enter into a contract to do.
  5. enter into combat with.
  6. (with reference to a part of a machine or engine) move into position so as to come into operation.

– ORIGIN originally in the sense pawn or pledge: from French engager

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