From Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search



  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈɡeɪd͡ʒd/, /ɛnˈɡeɪd͡ʒd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -eɪdʒd



  1. simple past and past participle of engage


engaged (not comparable)

  1. Having agreed to marry a particular person (one's fiancé or fiancée) or each other.
    Synonyms: affianced, betrothed
  2. Busy or employed.
  3. Greatly interested.
  4. (Britain) (of a telephone) Already involved in a telephone call when a third party calls.
    Synonym: (US) busy
    I tried calling, but she (or her phone) was engaged.
  5. (architecture, of a column) attached to a wall or sunk into it halfway
  6. (of gears or cogs) in contact and in operation
  7. (military) being attacked or attacking
  8. (medicine, of a foetus) Having the widest part of its presenting part, usually the head, enter the pelvic brim or inlet.
  9. Synonym of engagé (passionately committed to a cause)
    • 2002, Maria Lauret, Liberating Literature, page 81:
      Black and white women writers assumed their mantle as engaged writers, as cultural and political critics.

Derived terms[edit]

Related terms[edit]