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engage (someone) 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 someone in something. Phil is always making snide comments, but I refuse to let him engage me in an argument.
3. To occupy someone 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.
See also: engage, small, talk

engage to (someone)

1. To be betrothed to someone. In this usage, "engage to" is a set phrase. You know Kelly's engaged to Cristina, so stop flirting with her! Alicia sported a gorgeous diamond ring after getting engaged to Ed.
2. To betroth oneself or someone to someone. 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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Test results have exceeded our most optimistic projections - Engage Bar is indeed an engaging offering which encourages users to engage with the offers presented.
Among females, a high level of depressive symptoms at baseline was associated with a significantly elevated likelihood of engaging in risky behavior between interviews (odds ratio, 1.
Learning experiences involve teachers engaging in collaborative processes of 1) shared visioning of what constitutes "best teaching practices" 2) dialogue around action research projects conducted within their own school setting 3) coaching each others' thinking on changes they are making in teaching practices and 4) engaging each other in Socratic or round table conversations on readings-in-research.
But yes, our goal is to create products that include an engaging intellectual component and emotional component.
All of theses opportunities and efforts are aimed at engaging families in a positive way, which helps them to more fully enjoy their lives and the lives of their loved ones afflicted with dementia.
Department administrators should develop and maintain approval request forms for officers interested in engaging in part-time or off-duty employment.
Thus, higher capital-to-assets ratios may indicate activities with higher risk rather than lower risk because firms engaging in activities with high expected profits and high variability of profits need high levels of capital to protect against insolvency.
At EDUCAUSE, Adobe will demonstrate in its booth (Booth 1103 at Dallas Convention Center) how all members of the academic community can use Adobe software for a wide variety of engaging eLearning activities without having deep technical knowledge or programming skills.
It's clear that more engaging media vehicles are better environments for advertising," said Sandy Eubank, Director of Research, OMD.
This is true not only for teachers engaging with marginalised students but also for building efficacy among students, engaging them in their own education, and enhancing learning and social outcomes (2).
Although the idea of a hobby is generally associated with fun and recreation, the element of personal pleasure derived from engaging in a hobby is just one of the factors used to determine the existence of a profit motive.
Unveiled today at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, the Corner Shot Assault Pistol Rifle weapon system enables security forces to remain outside the line of fire while engaging targets.
Our Family Involvement Kits provide educators and parents with interactive and engaging materials that students can use in the classroom and at home.
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