|Origin:||engager, from gage 'something given as a promise'|
1 [intransitive always + preposition]
to be doing or to become involved in an activity
Only 10% of American adults engage in regular exercise.
The two parties engaged upon an escalating political struggle.
Mr Armstrong was engaged in prayer.
to attract someone's attention and keep them interested
engage somebody's interest/attention
The toy didn't engage her interest for long.
engage somebody in conversation (=start talking to them)
to get involved with other people and their ideas in order to understand them:
Are you so tired you don't have the energy to engage with your kids?
4 [transitive]BE formal
to employ someone to do a particular job
engage somebody to do something
Her father engaged a tutor to improve her maths.
engage somebody as something
We'd be able to engage local people as volunteers.
5T [intransitive and transitive]
if you engage part of a machine, or if it engages, it moves so that it fits into another part of the machine [≠ disengage]:
She engaged the clutch and the car moved.
The wheel engages with the cog and turns it.
6 [intransitive and transitive]PM
to begin to fight an enemy:
American forces did not directly engage.