engage · verb T /ɪnˈgeɪdʒ/Full view
C1 to interest someone in something and keep them thinking about it
Dictionary example:

The debate about food safety has engaged the whole nation.

Learner example:

It would be great if we could employ professional entertainers to set up activities to engage people and buy fun prizes and awards. (Certificate in Advanced English; C1; Russian)

engage in sth
C2 to take part in something
Dictionary example:

The two sides have agreed to engage in talks.

Learner example:

Quite to the contrary, advocates and opponents of these happenings have engaged in a hot debate concerning their "true" value. (Certificate of Proficiency in English; C2; German)

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