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1‘they broke off their engagement’
betrothal, betrothment, marriage contract
archaic plighting of one's troth, espousal, affiance, affiancing, handfast
rare sponsalia, subarrhation
2‘he had a business engagement that morning’
appointment, arrangement, commitment, meeting, tweetup, interview, consultation, session
date, assignation, rendezvous
3‘some 80,000 workers were on more than a three-year engagement’
contract, agreement, bond, pact, compact, covenant, pledge, promise, obligation, stipulation
4‘Britain's continued engagement in open trading’
participation, participating, taking part, sharing, partaking, involvement, association
5‘his engagement as a curate’
employment, appointment, work, job, day job, post, situation
hiring, hire, enrolment, enrolling, enlisting
6‘all of his men were killed in an engagement at sea’
battle, fight, clash, confrontation, encounter, conflict, struggle, skirmish, dogfight, affray, attack, assault, offensive
warfare, action, combat
informal shoot-out, scrap
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