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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 en·gage /ɪnˈgeʤ, ɛn-/

From: Taiwan MOE computer dictionary


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·gage v. t. [imp. & p. p. Engaged p. pr. & vb. n. Engaging ]
 1. To put under pledge; to pledge; to place under obligations to do or forbear doing something, as by a pledge, oath, or promise; to bind by contract or promise. “I to thee engaged a prince's word.”
 2. To gain for service; to bring in as associate or aid; to enlist; as, to engage friends to aid in a cause; to engage men for service.
 3. To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw.
    Good nature engages everybody to him.   --Addison.
 4. To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on.
    Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage.   --Pope.
    Taking upon himself the difficult task of engaging him in conversation.   --Hawthorne.
 5. To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict.
    A favorable opportunity of engaging the enemy.   --Ludlow.
 6. Mach. To come into gear with; as, the teeth of one cogwheel engage those of another, or one part of a clutch engages the other part.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 En·gage, v. i.
 1. To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant.
    How proper the remedy for the malady, I engage not.   --Fuller.
 2. To embark in a business; to take a part; to employ or involve one's self; to devote attention and effort; to enlist; as, to engage in controversy.
 3. To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.
 4. Mach. To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in;
           "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a
           discussion" [syn: prosecute, pursue]
      2: engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies
         absorbs her completely" [syn: absorb, engross, occupy]
      3: engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in
         the department"; "How many people has she employed?" [syn:
          hire, employ] [ant: fire]
      4: ask to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer"
      5: give to in marriage [syn: betroth, affiance, plight]
      6: get caught; "make sure the gear is engaged" [ant: disengage]
      7: as of wars, battles, or campaigns; "Napoleon and Hitler
         waged war against all of Europe" [syn: wage]
      8: as of aid, help, services, or support [syn: enlist]
      9: engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an
         apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall
         we take a guide in Rome?" [syn: lease, rent, hire, charter,
      10: keep engaged; "engaged the gears" [syn: mesh, lock, operate]
          [ant: disengage]