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1828 Noah Webster Dictionary
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ENGA'GE, v.t.

1. To make liable for a debt to a creditor; to bind one's self as surety.

2. To pawn; to stake as a pledge.

3. To enlist; to bring into a party; as, to engage men for service; to engage friends to aid in a cause.

4. To embark in an affair; as, be not hasty to engage yourself in party disputes.

5. To gain; to win and attach; to draw to.

Good nature engages every one to its possessor.

To very duty he could minds engage.

6. To unite and bind by contract or promise. Nations engage themselves to each other by treaty. The young often engage themselves to their sorrow.

7. To attract and fix; as, to engage the attention.

8. To occupy; to employ assiduously. We were engaged in conversation. The nation is engaged in war.

9. To attack in contest; to encounter. The army engaged the enemy at ten o'clock. The captain engaged the ship, at point blank distance.

ENGA'GE, v.i. To encounter; to begin to fight; to attack in conflict. The armies engaged at Marengo, in a general battle.

1. To embark in any business; to take a concern in; to undertake. Be cautious not to engage in controversy, without indispensable necessity.

2. To promise or pledge one's word; to bind one's self; as, a friend has engaged to supply the necessary funds.



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ENGA'GE, v.t.

1. To make liable for a debt to a creditor; to bind one's self as surety.

2. To pawn; to stake as a pledge.

3. To enlist; to bring into a party; as, to engage men for service; to engage friends to aid in a cause.

4. To embark in an affair; as, be not hasty to engage yourself in party disputes.

5. To gain; to win and attach; to draw to.

Good nature engages every one to its possessor.

To very duty he could minds engage.

6. To unite and bind by contract or promise. Nations engage themselves to each other by treaty. The young often engage themselves to their sorrow.

7. To attract and fix; as, to engage the attention.

8. To occupy; to employ assiduously. We were engaged in conversation. The nation is engaged in war.

9. To attack in contest; to encounter. The army engaged the enemy at ten o'clock. The captain engaged the ship, at point blank distance.

ENGA'GE, v.i. To encounter; to begin to fight; to attack in conflict. The armies engaged at Marengo, in a general battle.

1. To embark in any business; to take a concern in; to undertake. Be cautious not to engage in controversy, without indispensable necessity.

2. To promise or pledge one's word; to bind one's self; as, a friend has engaged to supply the necessary funds.

EN-GAGE, v.i.

  1. To encounter; to begin to fight; to attack in conflict. The armies engaged at Marengo, in a general battle.
  2. To embark in any business; to take a concern in; to undertake. Be cautious not to engage in controversy, without indispensable necessity.
  3. To promise or pledge one's word; to bind one's self; as, a friend has engaged to supply the necessary funds.

EN-GAGE, v.t. [Fr. engager; en and gager, to lay, to bet, to hire; Arm. ingagi. See Gage and Wage.]

  1. To make liable for a debt to a creditor; to bind one's self as surety. Shal.
  2. To pawn; to stake as a pledge. Hudibras.
  3. To enlist; to bring into a party; as, to engage men for service; to engage friends to aid in a cause.
  4. To embark in an affair; as, be not hasty to engage yourself in party disputes.
  5. To gain; to win and attach; to draw to. Good nature engages every one to its possessor. To every duty he could minds engage. Waller.
  6. To unite and bind by contract or promise. Nations engage themselves to each other by treaty. The young often engage themselves to their sorrow.
  7. To attract and fix; as, to engage the attention.
  8. To occupy; to employ assiduously. We were engaged in conversation. The nation is engaged in war.
  9. To attack in contest; to encounter. The army engaged the enemy at ten o'clock. The captain engaged the ship, at point blank distance.

En*gage"
  1. To put under pledge; to pledge; to place under obligations to do or forbear doing something, as by a pledge, oath, or promise; to bind by contract or promise.

    "I to thee engaged a prince's word." Shak.
  2. To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant.

    How proper the remedy for the malady, I engage not. Fuller.

  3. To gain for service; to bring in as associate or aid; to enlist; as, to engage friends to aid in a cause; to engage men for service.
  4. To embark in a business; to take a part; to employ or involve one's self; to devote attention and effort; to enlist; as, to engage in controversy.
  5. To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw.

    Good nature engages everybody to him. Addison.

  6. To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.
  7. To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on.

    Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage. Pope.

    Taking upon himself the difficult task of engaging him in conversation. Hawthorne.

  8. To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.
  9. To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict.

    A favorable opportunity of engaging the enemy. Ludlow.

  10. To come into gear with; as, the teeth of one cogwheel engage those of another, or one part of a clutch engages the other part.
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ENGA'GE, verb transitive

1. To make liable for a debt to a creditor; to bind one's self as surety.

2. To pawn; to stake as a pledge.

3. To enlist; to bring into a party; as, to engage men for service; to engage friends to aid in a cause.

4. To embark in an affair; as, be not hasty to engage yourself in party disputes.

5. To gain; to win and attach; to draw to.

Good nature engages every one to its possessor.

To very duty he could minds engage

6. To unite and bind by contract or promise. Nations engage themselves to each other by treaty. The young often engage themselves to their sorrow.

7. To attract and fix; as, to engage the attention.

8. To occupy; to employ assiduously. We were engaged in conversation. The nation is engaged in war.

9. To attack in contest; to encounter. The army engaged the enemy at ten o'clock. The captain engaged the ship, at point blank distance.

ENGA'GE, verb intransitive To encounter; to begin to fight; to attack in conflict. The armies engaged at Marengo, in a general battle.

1. To embark in any business; to take a concern in; to undertake. Be cautious not to engage in controversy, without indispensable necessity.

2. To promise or pledge one's word; to bind one's self; as, a friend has engaged to supply the necessary funds.

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