Definition of engage


  • carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; "She pursued many activities", "They engaged in a discussion". Synonyms: prosecute, pursue.
  • consume all of one's attention or time; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely". Synonyms: absorb, engross, occupy.
  • engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department", "How many people has she employed?". Synonyms: employ, hire. Antonyms: fire.
  • ask to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer".
  • give to in marriage. Synonyms: affiance, betroth, plight.
  • get caught; "make sure the gear is engaged". Antonyms: disengage.
  • carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns); "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe". Synonyms: wage.
  • hire for work or assistance; "engage aid, help, services, or support". Synonyms: enlist.
  • engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street", "Let's rent a car", "Shall we take a guide in Rome?". Synonyms: charter, hire, lease, rent, take.
  • keep engaged; "engaged the gears". Synonyms: lock, mesh, operate. Antonyms: disengage.

Related words

close, commit, consume, contract, featherbed, fill, flip, involve, job, lock, offer, politick, practice, provide, rat, recruit, ride, rivet, ship, sign, subcontract, switch, throw.

Words nearby engage

engaged, enrage.

Rhymes with engage

age, assuage, backstage, cage, disengage, enrage, gage, gauge, offstage, onstage, osage, page, paige, phage, rage, sage, stage, upstage, wage.

Start with engage

engagers, engagement, engager, engagedly, engages, engagements, engaged.

End with engage

reengage, disengage, greengage.

More information about engage

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • engage is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 8 points
  • engage is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 8 points
  • engage is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 11 points
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