engage

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • verb to switch something on and use it.
  • verb to fit in with something else

Banking

  • verb to arrange to employ employees or advisors

Cars & Driving

  • verb to come into contact and be locked together (with another part)

Military

  • verb to start to fight or shoot at someone

Origin & History of “engage”

vulgar Latin had a noun *wadium ‘pledge’ (it came from Germanic *wathjam, source also of English wed and wage). From it was derived a verb *wadiāre ‘pledge’, which formed the basis of a compound *inwadiāre. Germanic w became g in French (hence French Guillaume for William), so the Old French descendant of *inwadiāre was engager, acquired by English as engage. (The superficially similar gauge (15th c.) is probably not related, although it is not known for certain what its ultimate source is.).
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