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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun engagement:

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Definition of the noun engagement

What does engagement mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: engagements

  1. a hostile meeting of opposing military forces in the course of a war
    • example: he lost his romantic ideas about war when he got into a real engagement
    • domain: armed forces / armed services / military / military machine / war machine
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of engagement: battle / conflict / fight
    • more generic terms: action / military action = a military engagement
    • more specific terms:
      • Armageddon = any catastrophically destructive battle
      • pitched battle = a fierce battle fought in close combat between troops in predetermined positions at a chosen time and place
      • naval battle = a pitched battle between naval fleets
      • armed combat / combat = an engagement fought between two military forces
      • dogfight = an aerial engagement between fighter planes
      • assault = close fighting during the culmination of a military attack
    • instances:
      • Battle of Britain = the prolonged bombardment of British cities by the German Luftwaffe during World War II and the aerial combat that accompanied it
      • Drogheda = in 1649 the place was captured by Oliver Cromwell, who massacred the Catholic inhabitants
    • part of: war / warfare = the waging of armed conflict against an enemy
  2. a meeting arranged in advance
  3. a mutual promise to marry
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of engagement: betrothal / troth
    • more generic word: promise = a verbal commitment by one person to another agreeing to do (or not to do) something in the future
    • more specific word: ringing = the giving of a ring as a token of engagement
  4. the act of giving someone a job
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of engagement: employment
    • more generic word: action = something done
    • more specific words:
      • shape-up = a way of hiring longshoremen by the day
      • call-back = the recall of an employee after a layoff
      • reservation / booking = the act of reserving (a place or passage) or engaging the services of
  5. employment for performers or performing groups that lasts for a limited period of time
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of engagement: booking
    • more generic words: employment / work = the occupation for which you are paid
    • more specific word: gig = a booking for musicians
  6. contact by fitting together
  7. the act of sharing in the activities of a group


  1. "Engagement" is a South African film directed by Bryony and Mark Roughton.
  2. "Engagement" is a film.
  3. "Engagement" is a short film, directed by Gianni North.
  4. "Engagement" a.k.a. "The Engagement" is a film.

Phrases with Engagement

  1. engagement ring
  2. non-engagement

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Engagement

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Educational Leadership and Administration (2006)

by Fenwick W. English

Engagement is a complex psychological concept with important implications for schools and student learning.

School engagement refers to the student's psychological investment in learning, understanding, or mastering the knowledge , skills, or crafts that is focused on academic work.

Engagement is the result of an interaction involving an individual in context in which there is response variation.

Google previewAdvances in Physiology Research and Application: 2013 Edition (2013)

engage the graft ligament engagement means so as to urge the graft ligament engagement means, and hence the portion of the graft ligament disposed adjacent thereto, toward a wall of the opening in the bone, whereby to secure the graft ...

Google previewThe Routledge International Companion to Multicultural Education (2009)

by James A. Banks

Engagement is the extent to which students are connecting to what they are learning, how they are learning it, and who they are learning it with...

Engagement is a broad dimension that has been used in the social sciences in a variety ...

Google previewMotivational Interventions (2014)

by Stuart Karabenick, Timothy C. Urdan

Engagement refers to the extent of a student's active involvement in a learning activity (Christenson, Reschly, & Wylie, 2012). It is a multidimensional construct that consists of four distinct, yet intercorrelated and mutually supportive, aspects of ...

Google previewHandbook of Research on Student Engagement (2012)

by Sandra L. Christenson, Amy L. Reschly, CATHY WYLIE

Affective engagement refers to students' feelings about learning (Connell & Wellborn, 1991; Skinner & Belmont, 1993) and the...

Google previewToday’s HR for a Sustainable Tomorrow (2012)

by R.K. Mishra, Shulagna Sarkar, Punam Singh

Employee Engagement and Organizational Sustainability S. Pratibha* ABSTRACT Employee engagement is an important concept in...

Google previewWaiting and Dating (2005)

A Sensible Guide to a Fulfilling Love Relationship by Myles Munroe

Engagement is a critical and indispensable time of preparation for marriage. 2. An engaged couple is committed to...

Google previewOfficial Gazette of the United States Patent Office (1913)

A chandelier comprising arms each having trans- j versely extending engagement means and a body in which the arms are secured comprising engagement means extending transversely with respect to each arm and engaged with its ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Relationships Across the Lifespan (1996)

by Jeffrey S. Turner

The engagement is a social transition designed to provide a clear indication that marriage between two people is about to occur. Variations of...

Google previewHandbook of Human Resource Management in Emerging Markets (2015)

by Frank Horwitz, Pawan Budhwar

Employee engagement is a hot topic amongst managers, consultancies, policy bodies and academics alike and is considered a crucial...

Google previewBorderless Business (2006)

Managing the Far-flung Enterprise by Clarence J. Mann, Klaus Götz

The engagement is a social transition designed to provide a clear indication that marriage between two people is about to occur. Variations of...

Google previewFacebook Marketing For Dummies (2014)

by John Haydon

Like the word love, engagement means less and less the more it's used. To some people, engagement means publishing interesting and creative content with little interest in understanding or listening to one's customers or prospects.

Google previewSCIENTIFIC GESTALT (2012)

by Ray Edwards

Engagement is a word of clearer meaning than contact, is instantaneous in effect and is only meaningful if followed by action, work, assimilation, growth, etc., that are temporal activities. Engagement is the first actual activity of the sub sequent ...

Google previewHandbook of Research on Schools, Schooling and Human Development (2010)

by Judith L. Meece, Jacquelynne S. Eccles

Engagement is a multidimensional construct that includes behavioral, cognitive, and affective attributes associated...

Cognitive engagement means the active use of cognitive strategies and other cognitive investments in learning activities.

Google previewCreating a Tipping Point: Strategic Human Resources in Higher Education (2012)

ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 38, Number 1 by Alvin Evans, Edna Chun

Employee Engagement Employee engagement is an important aspect of talent management and...

Arguably, engagement is a linchpin in the talent management equation for higher education, given the absence of salary increases and the ...

Google previewEngaging Religious Education (2010)

by Joy Schmack, Matthew Thompson, David Torevell

engagement is an activity without a subject.

Any flagging of engagement means that ever more imaginative pedagogies must be attempted.

Google previewEvaluating Human Resources Programs, A 6-Phase Approach for Optimizing Performance (2016)

by CTI Reviews

stakeholder engagement: Stakeholder engagement is the process by which an organisation involves people who may be ...

Google previewThe Motivated School (2003)

by Alan McLean

Engagement refers to the quality of the relationship between teacher and students and between peers. The need to belong to a community of learners is a basic motivator for students (Baumeister and Leary, 1995). Engagement is the term ...

Google previewThe Oxford Handbook of Organizational Climate and Culture (2014)

by Karen M. Barbera

Engagement is a relatively persistent psychological state associated with high levels of energy, enthusiasm, positive feeling, persistence, involvement, commitment, and identification with one's work (Macey & Schneider, 2008). The authors ...

Google previewModular Cognitive-behavioral Therapy for Childhood Anxiety Disorders (2007)

by Bruce F. Chorpita

Engagement is a prerequisite for success, particularly in a therapy such as CBT, which holds active client participation and behavioral rehearsal as major strategies for change. Thus issues related to engagement and participation take ...

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GU Reflective Engagement Project Event #2: Global Sign Language Research

Brief information about the upcoming Reflective Engagement Project Event #2 titled "Global Sign Language Research" hosted by Dr. Ted Supalla and the Sign ...

Quotes about Engagement

I must decline your invitation owing to a subsequent engagement. (Oscar Wilde)
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Scrabble value of E1N1G2A1G2E1M3E1N1T1

The value of this 10-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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