en·gage / enˈgāj/ • v. 1. [tr.] occupy, attract, or involve (someone's interest or attention): he tried to engage Sutton's attention. ∎ (engage someone in) cause someone to become involved in (a conversation or discussion). ∎ arrange to employ or hire (someone): he was engaged as a trainee copywriter. ∎ pledge or enter into a contract to do something: he engaged to pay them $10,000 against a bond. ∎ dated reserve (accommodations, a place, etc.) in advance: he had engaged a small sailboat. 2. [intr.] (engage in) participate or become involved in: organizations engage in a variety of activities (be engaged in) some are actively engaged in crime. ∎ (engage with) establish a meaningful contact or connection with: the teams needed to engage with local communities. ∎ (of a part of a machine or engine) move into position so as to come into operation: the clutch will not engage. ∎ [tr.] cause (a part of a machine or engine) to do this. ∎ [tr.] enter into conflict or combat with (an adversary).
To become involved with, do, or take part in something.
To be engaged in something, such as a type of employment, implies a continuity of action. It is used in reference to an occupation or anything in which an individual habitually participates.
A person can also be engaged to do a particular activity by contract or other agreement.
When two people become engaged to marry, they are bound together by an agreement or promise to marry one another.