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Engagement

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Engágement. n.s. [from engage; engagement, French.]

  1. The act of engaging, impawning, or making liable to a debt.

  2. Obligation by contract.

    We have, in expence of blood, exceeded our engagements. Atterbury's Sermons.

  3. Adherence to a party or cause; partiality.

    This practice may be obvious to any who impartially, and without engagement, is at the pains to examine. Swift.

  4. Employment of the attention.

    Play, either by our too constant or too long engagement in it, becomes like an employment or profession. Rogers's Serm.

  5. Fight; conflict; battle.

    Our army, led by valiant Torrismond,
    Is now in hot engagement with the Moors.
    Dryden.

    Encourag'd by despair, or obstinate
    To fall like men in arms, some dare renew
    Feeble engagement, meeting glorious fate
    On the firm land.
    Phillips.

  6. Obligation; motive.

    This is the greatest engagement not to forfeit an opportunity. Hammond's Fundamentals.

Sources: Atterbury, Francis (75) · Dryden, John (788) · Hammond, Henry (47) · Philips, John (42) · Rogers, John (38) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Engagement." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: October 17, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=5177.


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