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


From: Network Terminology


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·gaged a.
 1. Occupied; employed; busy.
 2. Pledged; promised; especially, having the affections pledged; promised in marriage; affianced; betrothed.
 3. Greatly interested; of awakened zeal; earnest.
 4. Involved; esp., involved in a hostile encounter; as, the engaged ships continued the fight.
 Engaged column. Arch. Same as Attached column. See under Attach, v. t.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: having ones attention or mind or energy engaged; "she keeps
             herself fully occupied with volunteer activities";
             "deeply engaged in conversation" [syn: occupied]
      2: involved in military hostilities; "the desperately engaged
         ships continued the fight"
      3: reserved in advance [syn: booked, set-aside(p)]
      4: (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable
         for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability;
         (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line);
         "her line is busy"; "receptionists' telephones are always
         engaged"; "the lavatory is in use"; "kept getting a busy
         signal" [syn: busy, in use(p)]
      5: (used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and
         interacting; "the gears are engaged"; "meshed gears";
         "intermeshed twin rotors" [syn: meshed, intermeshed]
      6: having services contracted for; "the carpenter engaged (or
         employed) for the job is sick"
      7: built against or attached to a wall; "engaged columns"
      8: pledged to be married; "the engaged couple" [syn: affianced,
          bespoken, betrothed, pledged]