engage (one) in (something)

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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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.
See also: engage
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The riot was stimulated by the same general demands that would outline the next century of struggle: "equal accommodations on public transportation, access to public schools, parks, and libraries, and the right to vote." In late July, 1866, as many in New Orleans debated the validity of a new constitutional convention and the suffrage of black males, crowds outside the Mechanic's Institute were engaged in armed battle.
This has great implications for the importance of keeping residents engaged in meaningful activities."
The Immigration and Nationality Act permits direct naturalization of aliens who have served in an active-duty status during any period in which the Armed Forces are or were engaged in military operations involving armed conflict with a hostile foreign force.