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engage (one) as (something)

To hire someone for a particular role or job. I thought they were just going to engage me as a file clerk, but because they needed help with data entry, I wound up doing that instead.
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engage (one) in (something)

1. To do some task or activity. 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) 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, to

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
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: engage, to
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.
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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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Students in this class resemble individuals previously identified as super engagers (Lopez et al., 2006; Moely et al., 2008; Weerts et al., 2014).
Engagers, conversely, tend to be more confident in their ability to assess their surroundings and use their reasoning skills in situations: reasoning, problem solving, and decision making.
Individuals with an engagement critical thinking style or engagers are highly engaged with their surroundings, and therefore, are likely to predict problems that will require critical thinking before they happen (Lamm & Irani, 2011).
Le Real Saragosse qui aspire a se maintenir en premiere division a consenti un grand effort financier en deboursant 250 millions euros pour engager Fernandez.
Matt's entrepreneurial team role identified him as an Engager, and when he read through the personalised coaching he had a "light bulb" moment.
AFM24 is a tetravalent, bispecific EGFR- and CD16A-binding innate cell engager from Affimed's ROCK platform.
A respondent with a score of 78 or lower indicated the respondent preferred to engage in word of mouth communication and then critically think about the topic at hand and was considered an information engager. Respondents' overall critical thinking style scores ranged from 58 to 91 (M = 78.45, SD = 4.21).
Le PJD appelle le secretariat general du parti a engager des concertations en vue de constituer une nouvelle majorite gouvernementale
Minneapolis, MD, announced it has received the CE (Conformitre Europeenne) Mar, of the Engager Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI) System with transapical deliver catheter to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis who are at high or extreme risk for surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR).
Un responsable, pres du ministere des Antiquites, a souligne a cet effet, que ladite reunion a convenu a engager l'Egypte a tenir des stages de formation pour les travailleurs dans le domaine archeologique et patrimonial, pour les initier aux travaux d'entretien, de restauration des monuments, ainsi que les former aux operations de documentation et de recensement archeologique.
Pour remedier a cette situation, le ministere de l'emploi et de la formation professionnelle travaille dans le sens d'inciter le secteur public en general et l'administration publique en particulier a ne plus engager des societes de services, qui ne respectent les droits des salaries (SMIG et heures de travail) dans des travaux de gardiennage, de securite, de jardinage ou de nettoyage.
In April, Harpoon advanced its second TriTAC, HPN536, a mesothelin-targeting T cell engager, into the clinic and dosed the first patient in a Phase 1/2a clinical trial for ovarian and other mesothelin-expressing solid tumors.
The data from an oral and a poster presentation featured Affimed's lead innate cell engager AFM13, a first-in-class tetravalent, bispecific antibody derived from the ROCK platform that is being developed to treat CD30-positive lymphomas.