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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.
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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.
See also: engage, small, talk
References in classic literature ?
In Bond Street especially, where much of their business lay, her eyes were in constant inquiry; and in whatever shop the party were engaged, her mind was equally abstracted from every thing actually before them, from all that interested and occupied the others.
Ten thousand men had been engaged in that titanic struggle, and upon the field of battle lay three thousand dead.
The following morning, awaking rather late, I perceived the whole of Marheyo's family busily engaged in preparing for the festival.
Ramsay Crooks, a young man, a native of Scotland, who had served under the Northwest Company, and been engaged in trading expeditions upon his individual account, among the tribes of the Missouri.
Since then four days have passed, during which we have engaged two large canoes from the Indians, made of so light a material (skins over a bamboo framework) that we should be able to carry them round any obstacle.
Father," returned Prince with great submission, "I love this young lady, and we are engaged.
Before Zat Arras had approached near enough to fire a shot we were again hotly engaged with the thern fleet, and as soon as he drew near he too commenced to pour a terrific fusillade of heavy shot into us.
I can hardly believe it--that you should be engaged without my knowing it--without your father's telling me.
Was it one of those nightmare things in which you find yourself engaged or married to some one you hate or don't know, without the slightest idea how it ever came about?
Hamilton Fynes who came over by the Lusitania, and who had certainly engaged rooms in this hotel, but he unfortunately, it seems, met with an accident on his way from Liverpool.
If any visitors come before the time," Hardyman said to his servant, "tell them I am engaged at the stables.
engaged myself, what right have you to complain of it?
A FISHERMAN, engaged in his calling, made a very successful cast and captured a great haul of fish.
And the end of it is that I am here at Gleninch, engaged on my own sole responsibility (with good Mr.
Jones now finding himself engaged with two, thought it necessary to rid himself of one of his antagonists as soon as possible.