Engagement Definition

Define what is Engagement?

1. battle, engagement, fight, conflict (noun)

a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war.

  • Grant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga.
  • he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement.
Synonyms: battle, fight, conflict

military action, action noun
a military engagement.


Armageddon noun
any catastrophically destructive battle.

pitched battle noun
a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place.

naval battle noun
a pitched battle between naval fleets.

armed combat, combat noun
an engagement fought between two military forces.

dogfight noun
an aerial engagement between fighter planes.

Assault noun
close fighting during the culmination of a military attack.

2. appointment, engagement, date (noun)

a meeting arranged in advance.

  • she asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date.
Synonyms: appointment, date

get together, meeting noun
a small informal social gathering.


blind date noun
a date with a stranger.

double date noun
a date in which two couples participate.

tryst, rendezvous noun
a date; usually with a member of the opposite sex.

3. betrothal, troth, engagement (noun)

a mutual promise to marry.

    Synonyms: betrothal, troth

    promise noun
    a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future.


    ringing noun
    the giving of a ring as a token of engagement.

    4. employment, engagement (noun)

    the act of giving someone a job.

      Synonyms: employment

      action noun
      something done (usually as opposed to something said).


      shape-up noun
      a way of hiring longshoremen by the day; applicants gather around a union boss who selects those to be hired.

      call-back noun
      the recall of an employee after a layoff.

      booking, reservation noun
      the act of reserving (a place or passage) or engaging the services of (a person or group).

      5. booking, engagement (noun)

      employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time.

      • the play had bookings throughout the summer.
      Synonyms: booking

      employment, work noun
      the occupation for which you are paid.


      gig noun
      a booking for musicians.

      6. interlocking, meshing, mesh, engagement (noun)

      contact by fitting together.

      • the engagement of the clutch.
      • the meshing of gears.

      impinging, striking, contact noun
      the physical coming together of two or more things.

      7. involvement, participation, involution, engagement (noun)

      the act of sharing in the activities of a group.

      • the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities.
      Antonyms: non-engagement, non-involvement, nonparticipation (noun)

      withdrawing from the activities of a group.


      group action noun
      action taken by a group of people.


      commitment noun
      an engagement by contract involving financial obligation.

      intervention, intercession noun
      the act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute, etc.).

      group participation noun
      participation by all members of a group.

      Nearby Terms

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      a ring given and worn as a sign of betrothal

      engaging (adjective satellite)
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      engagingly (adverb)
      in an engaging manner

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      German composer of six operas and other incidental music (1854-1921)

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      Engels (noun)
      socialist who wrote the Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx in 1848 (1820-1895)

      engender (verb)
      call forth

      engild (verb)
      decorate with, or as if with, gold leaf or liquid gold

      engine (noun)
      motor that converts thermal energy to mechanical work

      engine block (noun)
      a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine

      engine cooling system (noun)
      equipment in a motor vehicle that cools the engine

      engine driver (noun)
      the operator of a railway locomotive

      engine failure (noun)
      engine does not run