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engagement (n.)

1620s, "formal promise," from engage + -ment. Meaning "a battle or fight between armies or fleets" is from 1660s; sense of "state of having entered into a promise of marriage" is from 1742; meaning "appointment" is from 1806. Engagement ring attested by 1840.

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Definitions of engagement from WordNet

engagement (n.)
a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war;
he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement
Synonyms: battle / conflict / fight
engagement (n.)
a meeting arranged in advance;
Synonyms: date / appointment
engagement (n.)
a mutual promise to marry;
Synonyms: betrothal / troth
engagement (n.)
the act of giving someone a job;
Synonyms: employment
engagement (n.)
employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time;
Synonyms: booking
engagement (n.)
contact by fitting together;
the engagement of the clutch
Synonyms: mesh / meshing / interlocking
engagement (n.)
the act of sharing in the activities of a group;
the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities
From wordnet.princeton.edu