If you engage in an activity, you do it or are actively involved with it. [formal] [V + in] ⇒ I have never engaged in the drug trade. [V in n] ⇒ You can engage in croquet on the south lawn.
2. verb If something engages you or your attention or interest, it keeps you interested in it and thinking about it. [V n] ⇒ They never learned skills to engage the attention of the others. 3. verb
If you engage someone in conversation, you have a conversation with them. [V n + in] ⇒ They tried to engage him in conversation. [V n in n] ⇒ We want to engage recognized leaders in discussion.
4. verb If you engage with something or with a group of people, you get involved with that thing or group and feel that you are connected with it or have real contact with it. [V + with] ⇒ She found it hard to engage with office life. [V with n] ⇒ She had vowed to go out of her way to engage with the Irish people at local community level. engagement
uncountable noun [+ with] ⇒ And she, too, suffers from a lack of critical engagement with the literary texts. 5. verb If you engage someone to do a particular job, you appoint them to do it. [formal] [V n] ⇒ We engaged the services of a recognised engineer. [V n] ⇒ He had been able to engage some staff. 6. ergative verb & verb When a part of a machine or other mechanism engages or when you engage it, it moves into a position where it fits into something else. [V] ⇒ Press the lever until you hear the catch engage. [V n] ⇒ ...a lesson in how to engage the four-wheel drive. 7. verb When a military force engages the enemy, it attacks them and starts a battle. [V n] ⇒ It could engage the enemy beyond the range of hostile torpedoes.
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