engager

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

engage + -er.

Noun[edit]

engager (plural engagers)

  1. One who, or that which, engages.
    engagers in conflicts
  2. One who enters into an engagement or agreement; a surety.
    Several sufficient citizens were engagers. — Wood.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French, from Old French engager, engagier (to pawn, make a pledge, plight), from en- + gage (pledge), from Late Latin vadium (pledge), from Frankish *wadja (pledge), from Proto-Germanic *wadjō, *wadją (pledge, guarantee), from Proto-Indo-European *wadh- (guarantee, bail). Cognate with Middle Dutch wedde (property, pay), Old High German wetti (collateral, security agreement), Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌳𐌹 (wadi), [script?] (wadja, guarantee), Old English wedd (pledge, vow). More at wed.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

engager

  1. to pledge, commit
  2. to hire
  3. to involve
  4. to encourage
  5. to pawn
  6. (military) to enlist

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Conjugation[edit]

  • This is a regular -er verb, but the stem is written engage- before endings that begin with -a- or -o- (to indicate that the -g- is a “soft” /ʒ/ and not a “hard” /ɡ/). This spelling-change occurs in all verbs in -ger, such as neiger and manger.

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See French engager.

Verb[edit]

engager

  1. to use (something) as a guarantee

Conjugation[edit]

  • This verb conjugates like a verb ending in -er. In addition, a supporting -e is needed in the present tense, as with entrer, and g becomes j before an 'a' or an 'o' to keep the /dʒ/ sound intact. Old French conjugation varies significantly by date and by region. The following conjugation should be treated as a guide.