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1‘the tasks must engage the children's interest’
capture, catch, arrest, grab, seize, draw, attract, gain, win, captivate, hold, grip, engross, absorb, occupy
2‘he engaged a nursemaid to look after them’
employ, hire, recruit, take on, take into employment, secure the services of, put on the payroll, enrol, appoint, commission, enlist
retain, have in employment, have on the payroll
informal take on board
3‘he engaged to pay them £10,000’
contract, promise, agree, pledge, vow, covenant, commit oneself, bind oneself, undertake, enter into an agreement, reach an agreement, negotiate a deal
4‘they like to engage in active sports’
participate in, take part in, join in, become involved in, go in for, partake in, partake of, occupy oneself with, throw oneself into
share in, play a part in, play a role in, be a participant in, be associated with, have a hand in, be a party to, enter into, undertake, embark on, set about, launch into
5‘they were sent to engage enemy aircraft’
do battle with, fight with, enter into combat with, wage war on, wage war against, take up arms against, attack, mount an attack on, take on, set upon, clash with, skirmish with, grapple with, wrest with
informal scrap with
6‘he engaged the gears with a crash’
interlock, interconnect, mesh, intermesh, fit together, join together, join, unite, connect, yoke, mate, couple
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