1 [C] agreement to marry 订婚
*Their engagement was announced in the local paper. 他们订婚的消息已登在当地报纸上.
2 [C] arrangement to go somewhere, meet sb or do sth at a fixed time; appointment 约会
*I have several engagements for next week. 我下周有几个约会.
* The orchestra has several concert engagements. 这管弦乐队已安排好几场音乐会.
3 [C] (fml 文) formal promise or guarantee, esp in writing 正式的承诺或保证（尤指书面形式）
*He doesn't have enough money to meet all his engagements, ie to make the payments he has promised to make. 他无钱偿付承诺的一切债务.
4 [C] (fml 文) battle 战斗; 交战
*The general tried to avoid an engagement with the enemy. 那位将军竭力避免与敌军交战.
5 [U] arrangement to employ; action of engaging 聘用的事宜; 雇用的行动
*the engagement of three new assistants 聘用三名新助手的事.
6 [U] action or result of engaging (parts of a machine, etc) （机器零件等）啮合的动作或结果
*after engagement of the clutch 离合器啮合後.
2【arrangement to do something】
an agreement between two people to marry, or the period of time they are engaged
Their engagement was announced in the paper.
Tony was stunned when Lisa suddenly broke off their engagement (=finished it) .
(=a ring that a man gives a woman to show that they are engaged)
【ARRANGEMENT TO DO SOMETHING】[C]
an official arrangement to do something, especially one that is related to your work
official/public/royal etc engagement
The princess will continue to carry out royal engagements .
This is his only public speaking engagement on the tour.
His excuse of a prior engagement was accepted.
when you become involved with someone or something in order to understand them
a strategy of engagement and cooperation with China
Many students pass without any real engagement in learning.
【FIGHTING】 [U and C]
technical fighting between armies etc
military rules of engagement
【EMPLOYMENT】 [U and C]formal
an official arrangement to employ or pay someone to do a particular job
Please sign to indicate your acceptance of the terms of engagement .
the fitting together of the working parts of a machine
1. They announced their engagement to the family. 他们向家里宣布他们已经订婚了.