- verb to switch something on and use it.
- verb to fit in with something else
- verb to arrange to employ employees or advisors
Cars & Driving
- verb to come into contact and be locked together (with another part)
- 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.).