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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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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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