(1) Employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time
"The play had bookings throughout the summer"
(2) 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"
(3) The act of giving someone a job
(4) The act of sharing in the activities of a group
"The teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"
(5) A mutual promise to marry
(6) Contact by fitting together
"The engagement of the clutch"
"The meshing of gears"
(7) A meeting arranged in advance
"She asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date"
- an appointment, especially to speak or perform
- The lecturer has three speaking engagements this week.
- connection or attachment
- Check the gears for full engagement before turning the handle.
- (countable or uncountable) the period of time when marriage is planned or promised
- We are enjoying a long engagement, but haven't yet set a date.
- the point at which the fencers are close enough to join blades, or to make an effective attack during an encounter
- In air defense, an attack with guns or air-to-air missiles by an interceptor aircraft, or the launch of an air defense missile by air defense artillery and the missile’s subsequent travel to intercept. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
- A tactical conflict, usually between opposing lower echelons maneuver forces. (JP 1-02 Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms).
- In naval parlance, the use of a munition, weapon or decoy to carry out an offensive or defensive action.
- In any situation of conflict, an actual instance of active hostilities.
- The engagement resulted in may causualties.
- After engagement it quickly became clear which of the fencers was going to prevail.