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English verb: engage

1. engage (social) carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in

SamplesShe pursued many activities.
They engaged in a discussion.

Synonymsprosecute, pursue

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)act, move

Narrower (hyponym)close, commit, politick, practice

2. engage (cognition) consume all of one's attention or time

SamplesHer interest in butterflies absorbs her completely.

ExamplesThey engage themselves, The performance is likely to engage Sue

Synonymsabsorb, engross, occupy

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)interest

Narrower (hyponym)consume, involve, rivet

3. engage (social) engage or hire for work

SamplesThey hired two new secretaries in the department.
How many people has she employed?.

Synonymsemploy, hire

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Narrower (hyponym)contract, engage, farm out, featherbed, fill, job, rat, ship, sign, sign on, sign up, subcontract

Antonymsgive notice, give the axe, give the sack, can, force out, sack, send away, displace, dismiss, fire, terminate

4. engage (social) ask to represent; of legal counsel

SamplesI'm retaining a lawyer.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)employ, engage, hire

5. engage (communication) give to in marriage

Synonymsaffiance, betroth, plight

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)vow

6. engage (change) get caught

SamplesMake sure the gear is engaged.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)touch

Narrower (hyponym)lock


7. engage (social) carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns)

SamplesNapoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)contend, fight, struggle

Narrower (hyponym)offer, provide, put up

8. engage (possession) hire for work or assistance

SamplesEngage aid, help, services, or support.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)procure, secure

Narrower (hyponym)recruit

9. engage (possession) engage for service under a term of contract

SamplesWe took an apartment on a quiet street.
Let's rent a car.
Shall we take a guide in Rome?.

Synonymscharter, hire, lease, rent, take

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something from somebody

Broader (hypernym)acquire, get

10. engage (contact) keep engaged

SamplesEngaged the gears.

Synonymslock, mesh, operate

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)displace, move

Narrower (hyponym)flip, ride, switch, throw

Antonymsdisengage, withdraw

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