engage in

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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 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 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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110) During the Gulf War crisis, government officials fingerprinted and photographed all entrants of Iraqi and Kuwaiti origin--regardless of past activities or evidence that they actually intended to engage in terrorism.
Bush seems to understand and embrace the simple idea that Mexicans deserve economic opportunity- in the sense of freedom to engage in voluntary, productive exchange- as much as anyone born north of the Rio Grande.
And there was an ominous warning: ``The defendant has a long history of drug use which, combined with a possible mental instability, causes him to engage in erratic and dangerous behavior,'' the report states.
Wiremedia's Bluetooth Location-based Proximity marketing service enables retailers, shopping malls, movie theaters, small businesses, and public spaces the ability to engage in location-based marketing affordably and with ease.
Some of them, a small number, engage in sexual practices that are bizarre and troubling.
Nanopierce had filed the case in May 2004 seeking to hold DTCC responsible for the drop in its stock price, claiming that DTCC's Stock Borrow Program had somehow enabled brokerage firms to engage in "naked short selling" of Nanopierce shares.
It is also versatile, enabling users to engage in one-to-one private chats in a separate window; broadcast information in an e-learning, newscasting or financial live-casting environment; and conduct group-based discussions.
Zacks Investment Research is under common control with affiliated entities (including a broker-dealer and an investment adviser), which may engage in transactions involving the foregoing securities for the clients of such affiliates.
Sonic demonstrates its commitment to provide children and families with fun tools to learn a foreign language by providing families with activities to engage in using the Spanish vocabulary flash cards.
The company's vision is to enable users to fully engage in the digital lifestyle by providing access to large amounts of storage capacity in formats suitable for the office, on the road and in the home.
With Healinx, patients can securely communicate online with their own doctor, schedule appointments, request prescriptions, refills and referrals to specialists, engage in consultation, access their medical profile online, and, together with their doctor, improve wellness through preventive care measures.
Free to both physicians and patients, Healinx offers the only system available today that allows patients to communicate online with their own physician, schedule appointments, request prescriptions, refills and referrals to specialists, engage in online consultation and access their medical profile online.
Founded in 1994, Open Market develops, markets, licenses and supports high-performance software products that allow its customers to engage in business-to-consumer and business-to-business Internet commerce.
Users will be able to engage in competition with others around the world, taking gaming to a new level.