Engagement

En*gage"ment

(?), n. [Cf. F. engagement.] 1. The act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or entering into contest.
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2. The state of being engaged, pledged or occupied; specif., a pledge to take some one as husband or wife.
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3. That which engages; engrossing occupation; employment of the attention; obligation by pledge, promise, or contract; an enterprise embarked in; as, his engagements prevented his acceptance of any office.
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Religion, which is the chief engagement of our league.
Milton.
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4. (Mil.) An action; a fight; a battle.
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In hot engagement with the Moors.
Dryden.
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5. (Mach.) The state of being in gear; as, one part of a clutch is brought into engagement with the other part.

Syn. -- Vocation; business; employment; occupation; promise; stipulation; betrothal; word; battle; combat; fight; contest; conflict. See Battle.
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