One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The action of pre-engaging someone or something; the fact of being already or previously engaged; an instance of this, an engagement or commitment previously given or made.
Existing or occurring prior to engagement; specifically prior or preparatory to being engaged to be married; of or relating to a promise to become engaged to be married, especially in "pre-engagement ring".
Mid 17th century (in an earlier sense). From pre- + engagement.
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