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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


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.


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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