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engaging Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. verb carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in
    pursue; prosecute; engage.
    • She pursued many activities
    • They engaged in a discussion
  2. verb consume all of one's attention or time
    engross; absorb; engage; occupy.
    • Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely
  3. verb engage or hire for work
    employ; hire; engage.
    • They hired two new secretaries in the department
    • How many people has she employed?
  4. verb ask to represent; of legal counsel
    • I'm retaining a lawyer
  5. verb give to in marriage
    plight; betroth; affiance; engage.
  6. verb get caught
    • make sure the gear is engaged
  7. verb carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)
    wage; engage.
    • Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe
  8. verb hire for work or assistance
    engage; enlist.
    • engage aid, help, services, or support
  9. verb engage for service under a term of contract
    hire; engage; charter; take; lease; rent.
    • We took an apartment on a quiet street
    • Let's rent a car
    • Shall we take a guide in Rome?
  10. verb keep engaged
    lock; engage; mesh; operate.
    • engaged the gears
  11. adjective satellite attracting or delighting
    • an engaging frankness
    • a piquant face with large appealing eyes

En*ga"ging adjective
  1. Tending to draw the attention or affections; attractive; as, engaging manners or address. -- En*ga"ging*ly, adv. -- En*ga"ging*ness, n.

Webster 1913