engaged Definition

  • 1busy; occupied
  • 2having formally agreed to marry
  • 3involved in an activity or discussion

Using engaged: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "engaged" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I'm sorry, I can't talk right now, I'm engaged in a meeting.

  • Example

    They got engaged last month and are planning their wedding.

  • Example

    The audience was fully engaged in the speaker's presentation.

  • Example

    She was engaged in a heated debate with her opponent.

engaged Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for engaged

Idioms Using engaged

  • start a conversation with someone


    I tried to engage him in conversation, but he seemed uninterested.

  • fight or participate in a battle


    The soldiers were ordered to engage in combat against the enemy.

  • capture or hold one's interest or attention


    The movie engaged my attention from beginning to end.

Phrases with engaged

  • be formally committed to marrying someone


    He is engaged to his longtime girlfriend.

  • become formally committed to marrying someone


    They got engaged after dating for two years.

  • keep someone interested or involved in something


    The teacher tried to keep the students engaged by asking them questions.

Origins of engaged

from French 'engager', meaning 'to pledge'


Summary: engaged in Brief

The term 'engaged' [ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd] refers to being busy or occupied, as well as being formally committed to marrying someone. It also denotes involvement in an activity or discussion, such as 'The audience was fully engaged in the speaker's presentation.' Phrases like 'be engaged to someone' and 'get engaged' refer to formal commitment to marriage, while idioms like 'engage in conversation' and 'engage one's attention' denote involvement and interest.

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