(adjective, verb)


1. having ones attention or mind or energy engaged

- deeply engaged in conversation

Similar word(s): busy, occupied

2. involved in military hostilities

- the desperately engaged ships continued the fight

Similar word(s): involved

3. reserved in advance

Similar word(s): reserved, booked

4. (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line)

- receptionists' telephones are always engaged

Similar word(s): occupied, busy

5. (used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interacting

- the gears are engaged

Similar word(s): geared, intermeshed, meshed

6. having services contracted for

- the carpenter engaged (or employed) for the job is sick

Similar word(s): employed

7. built against or attached to a wall

- engaged columns

Similar word(s): connected

Sentences with engaged as an adjective:

- I tried calling, but she (or her phone) was engaged.


1. simple past tense and past participle of engage