engagement Definition

  • 1a formal agreement to get married
  • 2a period of time when two people have agreed to get married but have not yet done so
  • 3an arrangement to do something at a particular time

Using engagement: Examples

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

  • Example

    Their engagement lasted for six months before they got married.

  • Example

    He proposed to her during their vacation and she said yes, so they are now engaged.

  • Example

    I have an important engagement with my boss tomorrow morning.

  • Example

    The company has several engagements lined up for the next quarter.

engagement Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using engagement

  • to start or participate in a conversation


    She was happy to engage in conversation with her new coworkers.

  • to fight or participate in a battle


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

  • to capture or hold someone's interest or focus


    The book was so interesting that it engaged her attention for hours.

Phrases with engagement

  • a ring given by a man to a woman when they agree to get married


    He gave her a beautiful engagement ring when he proposed.

  • a party held to celebrate a couple's engagement


    They threw an engagement party to celebrate their upcoming wedding.

  • photographs taken of a couple to commemorate their engagement


    They took engagement photos in the park where they had their first date.

Origins of engagement

from Old French 'engagier', meaning 'to pledge'


Summary: engagement in Brief

The term 'engagement' [ɪnˈɡeɪdʒmənt] refers to a formal agreement to get married, a period of time when two people have agreed to get married but have not yet done so, or an arrangement to do something at a particular time. It includes phrases like 'engagement ring,' and idioms like 'engage in conversation,' denoting starting or participating in a conversation. 'Engagement' implies commitment and focus.

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