What is engage?

  • (verb): As of wars, battles, or campaigns.
    Synonyms: wage
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "engage":

  • (verb): As of aid, help, services, or support.
    Synonyms: enlist
  • (verb): Ask to represent; of legal counsel.
    Example: "I'm retaining a lawyer"
  • (verb): Carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in.
    Synonyms: prosecute, pursue
  • (verb): Engage or hire for work.
    Synonyms: hire, employ
  • (verb): Get caught.
    Example: "Make sure the gear is engaged"

Famous quotes containing the word engage:

    Those things which now most engage the attention of men, as politics and the daily routine, are, it is true, vital functions of human society, but should be unconsciously performed, like the corresponding functions of the physical body.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    Knighterrantry is a most chuckleheaded trade, and it is tedious hard work, too, but I begin to see that there is money in it, after all, if you have luck. Not that I would ever engage in it, as a business, for I wouldn’t. No sound and legitimate business can be established on a basis of speculation. A successful whirl in the knighterrantry line—now what is it when you blow away the nonsense and come down to the cold facts? It’s just a corner in pork, that’s all.
    Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835–1910)

    It is not a man’s duty, as a matter of course, to devote himself to the eradication of any, even the most enormous, wrong; he may still properly have other concerns to engage him; but it is his duty, at least, to wash his hands of it, and, if he gives it no thought longer, not to give it practically his support.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)