engaged


engaged
[[t]ɪnge͟ɪʤd[/t]]
1) ADJ: v-link ADJ in/on n Someone who is engaged in or engaged on a particular activity is doing that thing. [FORMAL]

The police said they found the three engaged in target practice.

...the various projects he was engaged on.

2) ADJ: usu v-link ADJ, oft ADJ to n When two people are engaged, they have agreed to marry each other.

We got engaged on my eighteenth birthday...

He was engaged to Miss Julia Maria Boardman.

...the engaged couple.

3) ADJ: v-link ADJ If a telephone or a telephone line is engaged, it is already being used by someone else so that you are unable to speak to the person you are phoning. [BRIT]

The line is engaged...

We tried to call you back but you were engaged.

(in AM, use busy)
4) ADJ: v-link ADJ If a public toilet is engaged, it is already being used by someone else. [BRIT]
(in AM, usually use occupied)

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • engaged — en‧gaged [ɪnˈgeɪdʒd] adjective a telephone that is engaged is being used; = busy AmE: • I can t get through her line s engaged. • Every time I call I get the engaged tone (= the sound you hear when the telephone is engaged ) . * * * …   Financial and business terms

  • Engaged — En*gaged , a. 1. Occupied; employed; busy. [1913 Webster] 2. Pledged; promised; especially, having the affections pledged; promised in marriage; affianced; betrothed. [1913 Webster] 3. Greatly interested; of awakened zeal; earnest. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • engaged — [en gājd′, ingājd′] adj. 1. pledged; esp., pledged in marriage; betrothed [an engaged couple] 2. not at leisure; occupied; employed; busy 3. a) involved in combat, as troops b) voluntarily committed or personally involved: cf. ENGAGÉ 4 …   English World dictionary

  • engaged — [adj1] promised to be married affianced, asked for, betrothed, bound, committed, contracted, future, given one’s word*, going steady*, hooked*, intended, matched, pinned, pledged, plighted, ringed, spoken for, steady; concept 555 Ant. available,… …   New thesaurus

  • engaged — index bound, indentured Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • engaged — ► ADJECTIVE 1) busy; occupied. 2) Brit. (of a telephone line) unavailable because already in use. 3) having formally agreed to marry …   English terms dictionary

  • engaged — adj. busy 1) actively; directly engaged 2) engaged in, on (esp. BE) (we are engaged in compiling a dictionary) betrothed 3) engaged to (Bill is engaged to Betty) hired 4) engaged to + inf. (she was engaged to work in public relations) * * * [ɪn… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • engaged */*/ — UK [ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd] / US adjective 1) formal involved in doing something engaged in: Her team knew they were engaged in work of great importance. 2) if two people are engaged, they have formally agreed to get married How long have you been engaged?… …   English dictionary

  • engaged — adj. 1 doing sth VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ deeply, heavily ▪ those who are deeply engaged in party politics ▪ fully …   Collocations dictionary

  • engaged — en|gaged [ınˈgeıdʒd] adj 1.) if two people are engaged, they have agreed to marry ▪ Have you heard? Sally and Ray are getting engaged . ▪ She is engaged to be married . engaged to ▪ Kate s engaged to a guy from England. 2.) BrE if you call… …   Dictionary of contemporary English