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engage (one) as (something)

To hire someone for a particular role or job. I thought they were just going to engage me as a file clerk, but because they needed help with data entry, I wound up doing that instead.
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engage (one) in (something)

1. To do some task or activity. In this usage, "engage in" is usually a set phrase. Dad is engaged in fixing the car, so he can't talk right now.
2. To include or involve one in something. Phil is always making snide comments, but I refuse to let him engage me in an argument.
3. To occupy one with a task or activity. See if you can engage the kids in a game this afternoon so that I can get some work done.
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engage in small talk

To chat with someone, usually a stranger or acquaintance, about benign topics (such as the weather or one's employment). Because Tom and Joe had never met before, they engaged in small talk by the appetizers. If you think that girl's pretty, go over and engage in small talk with her.
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engage (someone) to (someone)

To betroth oneself or someone to someone else; to enter two people into an engagement to be married. I refuse to let my family engage me to a man I've never met before.
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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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24) Exemption D permits a bank holding company and any subsidiary of a bank holding company to continue to engage in any insurance agency activity in which the company was engaged on May 1, 1982, or which the Board approved for such company on or before May 1, 1982.
1) Crestar Securities Corporation, Richmond, Virginia ("Crestar Securities"), and thereby engage in extending credit and servicing loans, providing leasing services, providing financial and investment advisory services, providing securities brokerage, riskless principal, and private placement services, underwriting and dealing in bank-eligible securities, entering into futures, forwards, and options contracts for hedging purposes, and buying and selling bullion and related activities for the account of customers pursuant to sections 225.
Richmond, Virginia, and thereby engage in insurance agency activities, with Crestar Securities, pursuant to section 225.
3) Crestar Community Development Corporation, Richmond, Virginia, and thereby engage in community development activities, pursuant to section 225.
Maitland, Florida, and thereby engage in data processing and management consulting activities through the operation of an ATM and point-of-sale network, pursuant to sections 225.
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Notification: Since infected users are unaware of the infection, in addition to stopping the zombie attack originating from their machines, Engage notifies subscribers of the infection and redirects them to support centers where they can take corrective action.
P-Cube's service application, Engage, leverages the Service Control Platform's application- and subscriber-aware architecture to monitor and analyze application-level traffic, which allows the service provider to quickly identify spam zombie activity from a particular subscriber, block their email transmissions and redirect the infected subscriber to a site where the system can be purged of the zombie infection.
Distinct from alternative methods that rely on Layer 3 devices or software solutions that lack the intelligence and horsepower to handle hundreds of millions of emails a day, Engage operates at multi-gigabyte wire speeds.
By leveraging MediaBridge's products, Engage believes that it is now one of the first companies that can help marketers deliver coordinated messages across the Web and offline media, as well as on their own Web site," said Schaut.
MediaBridge Acquisition Positions Engage To Bridge Traditional Offline Marketers To The Online World.
Other benefits to Engage include the ability to cross-sell other Engage products and services to MediaBridge customers, the increased global reach of Engage through the acquisition of MediaBridge's extensive UK operations and the opportunity to balance out Engage's product mix with a higher margin software business, which is expected to enhance the company's move to profitability.
We are very excited about this acquisition and the subsequent merger of Engage and MediaBridge," said Bob Angelo, president of Engage Software.
Engage's six business divisions, Engage AdKnowledge, Engage Business Media, Engage Enabling Technologies, Engage I/PRO, Engage Media and Engage Software, combine innovative technology and marketing expertise to help online marketers maximize ROI.