Meaning of engaged in English:


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  • 1predicative Busy; occupied.

    ‘Its leaders are actively engaged right now looking for a solution.’
    • ‘While I was thus engaged, my patron was busy reading the placard that the library where I intern has placed at the reference desk.’
    • ‘The turbulent 21st century needs an active and engaged America working to spread freedom and democracy - not one that withdraws into itself.’
    • ‘Lila is still actively engaged in its charitable activities, though the media has not been reporting much.’
    • ‘The building is packed with people busily engaged in conversation.’
    • ‘"If I don't get otherwise engaged… I think so… " He clearly hoped not.’
    • ‘The owners expect that one outcome will be a more creative, motivated, and engaged workforce.’
    • ‘Learning communities provide these students with an opportunity to learn within a supportive community of engaged students and involved faculty.’
    busy, unavailable, occupied
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    1. 1.1British (of a phone line) unavailable because already in use.
      ‘she rang Mrs Tavett but the line was engaged’
      • ‘People affected said they had tried calling them, but all the telephone lines were either engaged or just rang, unanswered.’
      • ‘Information on award notices was poor while customers seeking help with claims had their letters ignored or encountered engaged telephone lines, she said.’
      • ‘This line was repeatedly engaged when we tried to call it this morning.’
      • ‘I tried to get through to tell them about Adam, but the lines were engaged.’
      • ‘Later, a student working on reception rang up repeatedly, but the telephone was always engaged.’
      • ‘I spent a good hour or more phoning various listed police telephone numbers that were all constantly engaged.’
      • ‘This followed a survey of patients which found many had difficulties getting through on a dedicated results line, which was often engaged.’
      • ‘The phone lines for the credit office are now constantly engaged.’
      • ‘They also spent several hours calling a dedicated information line, but it was continually engaged.’
      • ‘Telephone lines to this Department are either engaged or ring endlessly.’
      • ‘This morning I have tried ringing bus company for two hours only to find the number engaged!’
      • ‘The number was permanently engaged for half an hour.’
      • ‘But again there was no joy as the number is constantly engaged.’
      • ‘Tried to call her tonight to arrange Friday night, but she's engaged.’
      • ‘For the first 300-400 goes, I continually receive an engaged tone.’
      • ‘I tried dialling the landline from my mobile - and got an engaged tone.’
    2. 1.2(of a toilet) already in use.
      ‘Just about made it back to the hospital only to find engaged toilets!’
      • ‘It was still engaged, but this time a woman was queuing to enter.’
  • 2Having formally agreed to marry.

    ‘Keith and I had got engaged four months before’
    • ‘she was engaged to a lecturer’
    • ‘the newly engaged couple’
    • ‘When a couple becomes engaged to be married, a ring is offered by the young man.’
    • ‘Carter turns 27 this month and is engaged to be married, to a doctor.’
    • ‘We're engaged to be married in two months, on the anniversary of the day I left.’
    • ‘Paul is engaged to marry Karen, who is the perfect woman.’
    • ‘They began as friends but things gradually progressed to a romantic relationship and now they are engaged to be married, though no date has been specified.’
    • ‘He has three children from a previous marriage, and is engaged to be married to Michelle.’
    • ‘The College has already received enquiries from engaged couples.’
    • ‘Those already engaged and soon-to-be-married may either make plans together or go it alone, one last time.’
    • ‘The colors of the streamers denote whether the woman is single, engaged to marry, or married.’
    • ‘I am engaged to a wonderful man who is of another culture.’
    • ‘When he arrived at her family's farm, he learned that she had become engaged to another man.’
    • ‘"You're a good friend, " she said watching the engaged couple.’
    • ‘His parents look at each other and back at the engaged couple on the bed.’
    • ‘We are both 21 and have been engaged for three years.’
    • ‘We had been together for 5 months, and engaged for 4 months.’
    • ‘He eventually betrayed her and became engaged to another woman after they had children.’
    • ‘While he is gone, Mrs. Weston reveals to Emma that Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax had been secretly attached and are now engaged!’
    • ‘He explains that he's engaged and can't be involved with her, and he leaves, breaking her fragile heart in the process.’
    betrothed, affianced, promised in marriage
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  • 3Architecture
    (of a column) attached to or partly let into a wall.

    ‘Eight pairs of piers, each with an engaged column, were to articulate the lower portico, while the upper portico was to have had eight pairs of freestanding columns.’
    • ‘Above the Ionic entablature, the vertical thrust from below is carried skyward by pedestals supporting kraters aligned with the engaged columns.’
    • ‘The powerful square pillars which held up the three arches of each nave had an engaged column on each side, the same thickness for all its length, with a simple base without a pedestal.’
    • ‘A further fragment of an engaged column was found just inside room 12 by this doorway also.’



/ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd/ /ɛnˈɡeɪdʒd/