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engagement noun

1 appointment

ADJ. previous, prior Mrs Spratt regrets that she is unable to attend owing to a previous engagement. | important | business, official, public, social | dinner, lunch

VERB + ENGAGEMENT have | keep It is important that I keep this engagement. | carry out (formal) The prime minister will carry out no official public engagements during the month of August. | cancel, fail to keep The president fell ill and was forced to cancel all public engagements.

ENGAGEMENT + NOUN diary

PREP. ~ with He had an important engagement with his financial adviser.

2 agreement to get married

ADJ. long | broken

VERB + ENGAGEMENT announce | break (off)

ENGAGEMENT + NOUN ring

PREP. ~ to He announced his engagement to his long-time girlfriend.