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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.
See also: engage

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

engaged to (one)

Betrothed to one; engaged to be married to one. You know Kelly's engaged to Cristina, so stop flirting with her! Alicia sported a gorgeous diamond ring after getting engaged to Ed.
See also: engaged

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.
See also: engage

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
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The movement known as Engaged Buddhism has emerged in the last several decades as one of the most original and fascinating developments in recent Buddhist history; therefore, it is fitting that a volume on the subject should be part of the Topics in Contemporary Buddhism Series, published by the University of Hawai'i Press.
This is essential given further research by the Gallup organization that suggests that the more engaged your workforce, the more consistent its behavior is with the corporate mission and values.
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In recent years, two forces have led to a steady rise in the number of officers engaged in outside employment.
On behalf of Tax Executives Institute, I am pleased to submit the following comments on the eligibility of employers engaged in commercial activities to claim Input Tax Credits with respect to Goods and Services Tax paid to suppliers of services necessary to administer employer-sponsored pension plans.
Results reveal that first-year college students who engaged in service-learning had significantly higher levels of integration into university communities than those who did not.
However, the horse business is often subject to IRS scrutiny as to whether the activity is engaged in for profit.
Most frequently these firms participated in financial activities, such as insurance and real estate, but they were also engaged in businesses ranging from animal husbandry to water supply.