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ENGA'GEMENT, n. The act of pawning, pledging or making liable for debt.

1. Obligation by agreement or contract. Men are often more ready to make engagements than to fulfil them.

2. Adherence to a party or cause; partiality.

3. Occupation; employment of the attention.

Play, by too long or constant engagement, becomes

like an employment or profession.

4. Employment in fighting; the conflict of armies or fleets; battle; a general action; appropriately the conflict of whole armies or fleets, but applied to actions between small squadrons or single ships, rarely to a fight between detachments of land forces.

5. Obligation; motive; that which engages.



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ENGA'GEMENT, n. The act of pawning, pledging or making liable for debt.

1. Obligation by agreement or contract. Men are often more ready to make engagements than to fulfil them.

2. Adherence to a party or cause; partiality.

3. Occupation; employment of the attention.

Play, by too long or constant engagement, becomes

like an employment or profession.

4. Employment in fighting; the conflict of armies or fleets; battle; a general action; appropriately the conflict of whole armies or fleets, but applied to actions between small squadrons or single ships, rarely to a fight between detachments of land forces.

5. Obligation; motive; that which engages.

EN-GAGE-MENT, n.

  1. The act of pawning, pledging, or making liable for debt.
  2. Obligation by agreement or contract. Men are often more ready to make engagements than to fulfill them.
  3. Adherence to a party or cause; partiality. Swift.
  4. Occupation; employmemt of the attention. Play, by too long or constant engagement, becomes like an employment or profession. Rogers.
  5. Employment in fighting; the conflict of armies or fleets; battle; a general action; appropriately the conflict of whole armies or fleets, but applied to actions between small squadrons or single ships, rarely to a fight between detachments of land forces.
  6. Obligation; motive; that which engages. Hammond.

En*gage"ment
  1. The act of engaging, pledging, enlisting, occupying, or entering into contest.
  2. The state of being engaged, pledged or occupied; specif., a pledge to take some one as husband or wife.
  3. That which engages; engrossing occupation; employment of the attention; obligation by pledge, promise, or contract; an enterprise embarked in; as, his engagements prevented his acceptance of any office.

    Religion, which is the chief engagement of our league. Milton.

  4. An action; a fight; a battle.

    In hot engagement with the Moors. Dryden.

  5. The state of being in gear; as, one part of a clutch is brought into engagement with the other part.

    Syn. -- Vocation; business; employment; occupation; promise; stipulation; betrothal; word; battle; combat; fight; contest; conflict. See Battle.

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Engagement

ENGA'GEMENT, noun The act of pawning, pledging or making liable for debt.

1. Obligation by agreement or contract. Men are often more ready to make engagements than to fulfil them.

2. Adherence to a party or cause; partiality.

3. Occupation; employment of the attention.

Play, by too long or constant engagement becomes

like an employment or profession.

4. Employment in fighting; the conflict of armies or fleets; battle; a general action; appropriately the conflict of whole armies or fleets, but applied to actions between small squadrons or single ships, rarely to a fight between detachments of land forces.

5. Obligation; motive; that which engages.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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suit

SUIT, n. [L. sequor.] See Seek. In Law Latin, secta is from the same source.] Literally, a following; and so used in the old English statutes.

1. Consecution; succession; series; regular order; as the same kind and suit of weather. [Not now so applied.]

2. A set; a number of things used together, and in a degree necessary to be united, in order to answer the purpose; as a suit of curtains; a suit of armor; sometimes with less dependence of the particular parts on each other, but still united in use; as a suit of clothes; a suit of apartments.

3. A set of the same kind or stamp, as a suit of cards.

4. Retinue; a company or number of attendants or followers; attendance; train; as a nobleman and his suit. [This is sometimes pronounced as a French word, sweet; but in all its senses, this is the same word, and the affectation of making it French in one use and English in another, is improper, not to say ridiculous.]

5. A petition; a seeking for something by petition or application.

Many shall make suit to thee. Job 11.

6. Solicitation of a woman in marriage; courtship.

7. In law, an action or process for the recovery of a right or claim; legal application to a court for justice; prosecution of right before any tribunal; as a civil suit; a criminal suit; a suit in chancery.

In England, the several suits or remedial instruments of justice, are distinguished into three kinds, actions personal, real, and mixed.

8. Pursuit; prosecution; chase.

Suit and service, in feudal law, the duty of feudatories to attend the courts of their lords or superiors in time of peace, and in war, to follow them and perform military service.

To bring suit, a phrase in law, denoting literally to bring secta, followers or witnesses to prove the plaintif's demand. The phrase is antiquated, or rather it has changed its signification; for to bring a suit, now is to institute an action.

Out of suits, having no correspondence.

Suit-covenant, in law, is a covenant to sue at a certain court.

Suit-court, in law, the court in which tenants owe attendance to their lord.

SUIT, v.t. To fit; to adapt; to make proper. Suit the action to the word. Suit the gestures to the passion to be expressed. Suit the style to the subject.

1. To become; to be fitted to.

Ill suits his cloth the praise of railing well.

Raise her notes to that sublime degree,

Which suits a song of piety and thee.

2. To dress; to clothe.

Such a Sebastian was by brother too,

So went he suited to his watery tomb.

3. To please; to make content. He is well suited with his place.

SUIT, v.i. To agree; to accord; as, to suit with; to suit to. Pity suits with a noble nature.

Give me not an office

That suits with me so ill--

The place itself was suiting to his care.

[The use of with, after suit, is now most frequent.]

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