From Middle English engagen, from Old French engagier (“to pledge, engage”), from Frankish *anwadjōn (“to pledge”), from Proto-Germanic *an-, *andi- + Proto-Germanic *wadjōną (“to pledge, secure”), from Proto-Germanic *wadją (“pledge, guarantee”), from Proto-Indo-European *wedʰ- (“to pledge, redeem a pledge; guarantee, bail”), equivalent to en- + gage. Cognate with Old English anwedd (“pledge, security”), Old English weddian (“to engage, covenant, undertake”), German wetten (“to bet, wager”), Icelandic veðja (“to wager”). More at wed.
engage (third-person singular simple present engages, present participle engaging, simple past and past participle engaged)
- (heading, transitive) To interact socially.
- To engross or hold the attention of; to keep busy or occupied.
- To draw into conversation.
- To attract, to please; (archaic) to fascinate or win over (someone).
- (heading) To interact antagonistically.
- (transitive) To enter into conflict with (an enemy).
- (intransitive) To enter into battle.
- (heading) To interact contractually.
- (transitive) To arrange to employ or use (a worker, a space, etc.).
- (intransitive) To guarantee or promise (to do something).
- (transitive) To bind through legal or moral obligation (to do something, especially to marry) (usually in passive).
- (obsolete, transitive) To pledge, pawn (one's property); to put (something) at risk or on the line; to mortgage (houses, land).
- (heading) To interact mechanically.
- To mesh or interlock (of machinery, especially a clutch).
- (engineering, transitive) To come into gear with.
- (intransitive) To enter into (an activity), to participate (construed with in).
- (transitive, obsolete) To entangle.