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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


Antonymsdisengage

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


SamplesNapoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe.


Synonymswage


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.


Synonymsenlist


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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