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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Oonagh was beautiful, but I was ... otherwise engaged.
▪ The people in the town who may need a spot of positive thinking more than anybody else will be otherwise engaged.
otherwise engaged
▪ Oonagh was beautiful, but I was ... otherwise engaged.
▪ The people in the town who may need a spot of positive thinking more than anybody else will be otherwise engaged.
▪ The two leaders went to military headquarters for confirmation and were told that the staff were otherwise engaged.
▪ They were eating, sleeping, defecating, or otherwise engaged in some momentous enterprise.
▪ This satisfies him and allows the other adventurers to run and escape automatically while the Champion is otherwise engaged.
▪ He's engaged to Paul's sister.
▪ They've been engaged for six months.
▪ Todd and Ellen have been engaged for about 3 months now.
▪ We got engaged at Christmas.
▪ You'll be glad to hear that Ralph and I, with my father's consent, are engaged to be married.
▪ Fortunately the Caring Chauvinist was away the following day, but Ricky's number was always engaged.
▪ My lungs suddenly come sharply through from behind my engaged brain, reminding me that I am not a fish.
▪ Nick was out, Joey was engaged, Jim was just making coffee and why didn't I come over.
▪ Such politically engaged postmodernism is rarer in Britain than elsewhere.
▪ They spent all their time together, as country people do once they are engaged.
▪ Unless the number is engaged, the ringing pulses will be felt. 3.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

committed \committed\ adj.

  1. Bound or obligated, as under a pledge to a particular cause, action, or attitude. Opposite of uncommitted.

    Note: [Narrower terms: bound up, involved, wrapped up; dedicated, devoted; pledged, sworn]

  2. Associated in an exclusive sexual relationship; also called attached. Opposite of unattached.

    Note: [Narrower terms: affianced, bespoken, betrothed, engaged, pledged, promised(predicate); married]

    Syn: attached.

  3. Consigned involuntarily to custody, as in a prison or mental institution.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"affianced, betrothed," 1610s, past participle adjective from engage. Of telephone lines from 1891.

  1. 1 Agreed to be married. 2 busy or employed. 3 (context British English) (context of a telephone English) Already involved in a telephone call when a third party calls 4 (context architecture of a column English) attached to a wall or sunk into it halfway 5 (context of gears or cogs English) in contact and in operation 6 (context military English) being attacked or attacking v

  2. (en-past of: engage)

  1. adj. having ones attention or mind or energy engaged; "she keeps herself fully occupied with volunteer activities"; "deeply engaged in conversation" [syn: occupied]

  2. involved in military hostilities; "the desperately engaged ships continued the fight"

  3. reserved in advance [syn: booked, set-aside(p)]

  4. (of facilities such as telephones or lavatories) unavailable for use by anyone else or indicating unavailability; (`engaged' is a British term for a busy telephone line); "her line is busy"; "receptionists' telephones are always engaged"; "the lavatory is in use"; "kept getting a busy signal" [syn: busy, in use(p)]

  5. (used of toothed parts or gears) interlocked and interacting; "the gears are engaged"; "meshed gears"; "intermeshed twin rotors" [syn: meshed, intermeshed]

  6. having services contracted for; "the carpenter engaged (or employed) for the job is sick"

  7. built against or attached to a wall; "engaged columns"

  8. pledged to be married; "the engaged couple" [syn: affianced, bespoken, betrothed, pledged]

Engaged (disambiguation)

Engaged may refer to:

  • Engaged (play), an 1877 play by W. S. Gilbert
  • Engaged (song), a 2008 song by Alisa Mizuki
  • Engaged Buddhism refers to Buddhists who are seeking ways to apply the insights from meditation practice and dharma teachings
  • Engaged column, an architectural feature
  • Engaged and underage, a 2007 American reality television series on MTV
  • Engaged tone, a busy signal
  • Engaged Spirituality refers to engaging in the world to transform it in positive ways guided by spiritual beliefs
  • Engaged theory is a methodological framework for understanding social complexity
Engaged (play)

Engaged is a three-act farcical comic play by W. S. Gilbert. It premiered at the Haymarket Theatre on 3 October 1877, the same year as The Sorcerer, one of Gilbert's comic operas written with Arthur Sullivan, which was soon followed by the collaborators' great success in H.M.S. Pinafore. Engaged was well received on the London stage and then in New York City, where the first production of the play opened in February 1879. The work then enjoyed many revivals on both sides of the Atlantic and continues to be produced today.

Engaged has been W. S. Gilbert's most popular stage work aside from the Gilbert and Sullivan comic operas. A New York Times review of an 1886 production of Engaged (dated 24 February of that year) noted that "the laughter was almost incessant." Makers wrote: "Engaged [is] unquestionably the finest and funniest English comedy between Bulwer-Lytton's Money and Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, (1895) which it directly inspired". Engaged may also have inspired George Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man and Alan Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests.

Engaged (song)

"Engaged" is the twenty-third single by Japanese recording artist Alisa Mizuki. It was released on February 6, 2008, nearly two years and a half since " C'est la Vie" (2005) and five years since her last solo single " Shout It Out" (2003). The single was issued in two formats: CD+DVD edition and CD-only edition.

The title track was written and composed by and served as theme song for the NTV drama Saitō-san, starring Mizuki herself. CDJournal described "Engaged" as a "captivating ballad" and praised the intensity and emotion of Mizuki's vocal delivery. The B-side, "Anemone," was also produced by Takigawa but written by Mizuki, marking her first foray into songwriting since the song "Sky" from Mizuki's fourth compilation album History: Alisa Mizuki Complete Single Collection (2004).

Usage examples of "engaged".

They lent acrimony to the impending canvass and increased the mutual hostility of those engaged in the exciting controversy.

Congress States were entitled to enact legislation adapted to the local needs of interstate and foreign commerce, that a pilotage law was of this description, and was, accordingly, constitutionally applicable until Congress acted to the contrary to vessels engaged in the coasting trade.

The two were ostensibly engaged in checking the mechanical adequacy of the refrigerated vivaria.

United States, might not, without any special authority for that purpose, in the then existing state of things, have empowered the officers commanding the armed vessels of the United States, to seize and send into port for adjudication, American vessels which were forfeited by being engaged in this illicit commerce.

Some hours after midnight, the Typhoon abated so much, that through the strenuous exertions of Starbuck and Stubb-- one engaged forward and the other aft--the shivered remnants of the jib and fore and main-top-sails were cut adrift from the spars, and went eddying away to leeward, like the feathers of an albatross, which sometimes are cast to the winds when that storm-tossed bird is on the wing.

Justice Stone seems to be engaged in an endeavor to erect this into an almost exclusive test of the validity, or invalidity of State taxation affecting interstate commerce.

If I were the more agile jumper Hovan Du far outclassed me in climbing, with the result that he reached the rail and was clambering over while my eyes were still below the level of the deck, which was, perhaps, a fortunate thing for me since, by chance, I had elected to gain the deck directly at a point where, unknown to me, one of the crew of the ship was engaged with the grappling hooks.

We were either in action or contemplation, or engaged in amorous discourse, the whole time.

Batesby was asleep that night, and the Archdeacon was, in a Victorian way, engaged in his prayers, when Gregory Persimmons stood up alone in his room.

Tyler Argosy explained to Tara how he and the army men at Fort Brooke had been engaged to bring her brother and his family down the river, keeping it all a secret from her.

At that very moment, near the minaret at El Arish, Israeli forces were engaged in a criminal slaughter.

But in two cases arising under the National Industrial Recovery Act, a policy declaration of comparable generality was held insufficient for the promulgation of rules applicable to all persons engaged in a designated activity, without the procedural safeguards which surround the issuance of individual orders.

And I recommend to them that, while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation, and to restore it, as soon as may be consistent with divine purposes, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.

Next morning, however, when I awoke, my Spaniard announced an officer who had followed him, and told me in good French that I must not be astonished to find myself a prisoner in my room, for being a stranger and engaged in a suit at law it was only right that the opposite party should be assured that I would not escape before judgment was given.

Now I observed lines of priests wrapped in great capes, kneeling upon the face of the rock and engaged apparently in prayer, but of Hes the Mother, or of Atene, or of the corpse of the dead Khan I could see nothing.