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ENGAGED

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does engaged mean? 

ENGAGED (adjective)
  The adjective ENGAGED has 8 senses:

1. having ones attention or mind or energy engaged
2. involved in military hostilities
3. reserved in advance
4. (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; ('engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line)
5. (used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interacting
6. having services contracted for
7. built against or attached to a wall
8. pledged to be married

  Familiarity information: ENGAGED used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ENGAGED (adjective)


Sense 1engaged [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having ones attention or mind or energy engaged

Synonyms:

engaged; occupied

Context examples:

she keeps herself fully occupied with volunteer activities / deeply engaged in conversation

Similar:

busy (actively or fully engaged or occupied)


Sense 2engaged [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Involved in military hostilities

Context example:

the desperately engaged ships continued the fight

Similar:

involved (connected by participation or association or use)


Sense 3engaged [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reserved in advance

Synonyms:

booked; set-aside; engaged

Similar:

reserved (set aside for the use of a particular person or party)


Sense 4engaged [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; ('engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line)

Synonyms:

in use; engaged; busy

Context examples:

her line is busy / receptionists' telephones are always engaged / the lavatory is in use / kept getting a busy signal

Similar:

occupied (held or filled or in use)


Sense 5engaged [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interacting

Synonyms:

meshed; intermeshed; engaged

Context examples:

the gears are engaged / meshed gears / intermeshed twin rotors

Similar:

geared (equipped with or connected by gears or having gears engaged)


Sense 6engaged [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having services contracted for

Context example:

the carpenter engaged (or employed) for the job is sick

Similar:

employed (having your services engaged for; or having a job especially one that pays wages or a salary)


Sense 7engaged [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Built against or attached to a wall

Context example:

engaged columns

Similar:

connected (joined or linked together)

Domain category:

architecture (the discipline dealing with the principles of design and construction and ornamentation of fine buildings)


Sense 8engaged [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pledged to be married

Synonyms:

affianced; betrothed; bespoken; pledged; engaged

Context example:

the engaged couple

Similar:

attached; committed (associated in an exclusive sexual relationship)


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