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Definition of Engage

Engage

  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.
  2. 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.
  3. To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw.
  4. To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on.
  5. To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict.
  6. 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.
  7. To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant.
  8. 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.
  9. To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.
  10. To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.

Engage Quotations

A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don't have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.
Nelson Mandela

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want to be a real human being - a real woman, a real man - you cannot tolerate things which put you to indignation, to outrage. You must stand up. I always say to people, 'Look around; look at what makes you unhappy, what makes you furious, and then engage yourself in some action.'
Stephane Hessel

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.
Henry Ford

When people talk, they lay lines on each other, do a lot of role playing, sidestep, shilly-shally and engage in all manner of vagueness and innuendo. We do this and expect others to do it, yet at the same time we profess to long for the plain truth, for people to say what they mean, simple as that. Such hypocrisy is a human universal.
Steven Pinker
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Engage Translations

engage in French is engagez, accrochons, engager, engageons, saillir
engage in German is mieten, verpflichten, belegen, belegen, anstellen
engage in Italian is noleggiare, obbligarsi, obbligare
engage in Norwegian is engasjere, ansette
engage in Spanish is comprometer, vincular
engage in Swedish is koppla in

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