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engage in small talk

to talk only about minor matters rather than important matters or personal matters. All the people at the party were engaging in small talk. They chatted about the weather and otherwise engaged in small talk.
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engage someone as something

to hire someone to serve as something. Yes, I engaged her as a secretary just last month. Will you engage me as a general troubleshooter?
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engage someone or something in something

1. . to make someone or a group busy doing something. She knew how to engage the boys in useful activity. The den mother engaged the scouts in a woodworking project.
2. to draw someone or something into something. The enemy sought to engage our troops in battle but failed. I tried to engage Gerald in conversation.
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engage someone to someone

to betroth someone to someone. Her parents engaged her to the man she ended up marrying. She engaged herself to some guy she met at a singles bar.
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engage in

1. To participate in some activity: The soldiers engaged in combat. The law students engaged in a mock trial.
2. To involve or draw someone or something into some activity: I engaged the new student in conversation. I was engaged in deep thought when the fire alarm went off.
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All the engage Super League clubs have been great to work with throughout the season," said engage Mutual Sponsorship Executive James Ogden.
The charity may lose its tax-exempt status if it engages in excessive lobbying activity over a four-year period.
23) For the foregoing reasons, the Board concludes that Crestar's Exemption G rights will expire when SunTrust acquires Crestar, and SunTrust is not entitled to engage, directly or through Crestar Insurance or Crestar Securities, in general insurance agency activities pursuant to Exemption G.
The most popular grades in this use are Engage 8150 and 8440.
Because the Engage Bar is present for users in real-time, it provides a proactive opportunity to engage users and provide them with offers when they are most receptive to them.
Namely, African-American students were significantly more likely than other racial groups to engage in these service-learning experiences during their first year.
The market for Engage POE modifiers is mainly PP resin producers, compounders, and film extruders in certain markets - automotive, wire and cable, and non-packaging injection molded parts.
Engage covers the information needed to connect with and generate revenue from youth and parents online and on mobile devices.
3) Community engagement in this context includes community service and other activities through which the University engages co-operatively with a wide range of professional and other communities in the provision of undergraduate courses, professional development programs, research, consultancies and other academic services.
A major opportunity that involves the delivery of Radio Station program delivery from over terrestrial circuits with IP Satellite backup encouraged Engage to enhance the Protector option to provide 700 milliseconds of synchronized redundancy," according to Mark Doyle, Engage Communication President.
On February 14, 2008, Engage will be at the highest trafficked BART station in the Bay Area, San Francisco's Montgomery Station, to hand out thousands of roses to commuters on their way to work from 7:00am-9:00am (full details below).
The Westphal decision may provide some guidance to taxpayers who engage in self-employment activities related to their regular employment.
Consumers don't engage with 'Television' overall; they engage with a specific program, or read a particular magazine, or visit a favorite website," said Page Thompson, CEO of OMD North America.
Thiel, PayPal's former CEO and Chairman, and Howery lead a fund managed exclusively by entrepreneurs who have successfully developed their own companies, and provide the Engage.
Engage PR, the premier public relations agency for technology companies spanning carrier, enterprise, home networking, and emerging mobility/wireless markets, announced today that it has promoted Jeannette Bitz to vice president.