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English noun: engagement

1. engagement (act) a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war


SamplesGrant won a decisive victory in the battle of Chickamauga.
He lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement.


Synonymsbattle, conflict, fight


Broader (hypernym)action, military action


Narrower (hyponym)Armageddon, armed combat, assault, combat, dogfight, naval battle, pitched battle


Instance hyponymBattle of Britain, Drogheda


Part meronymwar, warfare


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

2. engagement (group) a meeting arranged in advance


SamplesShe asked how to avoid kissing at the end of a date.


Synonymsappointment, date


Broader (hypernym)get together, meeting


Narrower (hyponym)blind date, double date, rendezvous, tryst


Member holonymdate, escort

3. engagement (communication) a mutual promise to marry


Synonymsbetrothal, troth


Broader (hypernym)promise


Narrower (hyponym)ringing

4. engagement (act) the act of giving someone a job


Synonymsemployment


Broader (hypernym)action


Narrower (hyponym)booking, call-back, reservation, shape-up

5. engagement (act) employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time


SamplesThe play had bookings throughout the summer.


Synonymsbooking


Broader (hypernym)employment, work


Narrower (hyponym)gig

6. engagement (event) contact by fitting together


SamplesThe engagement of the clutch.
The meshing of gears.


Synonymsinterlocking, mesh, meshing


Broader (hypernym)contact, impinging, striking

7. engagement (act) the act of sharing in the activities of a group


SamplesThe teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities.


Synonymsinvolution, involvement, participation


Broader (hypernym)group action


Narrower (hyponym)commitment, group participation, intercession, intervention


Antonymsnon-engagement, non-involvement, nonparticipation









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