(En*fran"chis*er) n. One who enfranchises.
(En*free") v. t. To set free. [Obs.] "The enfreed Antenor." Shak.
(En*free"dom) v. t. To set free. [Obs.] Shak.
(En*freeze") v. t. To freeze; to congeal. [Obs.]
Thou hast enfrozened her disdainful breast.Spenser.
(En*fro"ward) v. t. To make froward, perverse, or ungovernable. [Obs.] Sir E. Sandys.
(En*gage") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Engaged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Engaging ] [F. engager; pref. en-
(L. in) + gage pledge, pawn. See Gage.]
1. To put under pledge; to pledge; to place under obligations to do or forbear doing something, as by a
pledge, oath, or promise; to bind by contract or promise. "I to thee engaged a prince's word." Shak.
2. To gain for service; to bring in as associate or aid; to enlist; as, to engage friends to aid in a cause; to
engage men for service.
3. To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw.
Good nature engages everybody to him.Addison.
4. To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on.
Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage.Pope.
Taking upon himself the difficult task of engaging him in conversation.Hawthorne.
5. To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict.
A favorable opportunity of engaging the enemy.Ludlow.
6. (Mach.) To come into gear with; as, the teeth of one cogwheel engage those of another, or one part
of a clutch engages the other part.
(En*gage"), v. i.
1. To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant.
How proper the remedy for the malady, I engage not.Fuller.
2. To embark in a business; to take a part; to employ or involve one's self; to devote attention and effort; to
enlist; as, to engage in controversy.
3. To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.
4. (Mach.) To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.
1. Occupied; employed; busy.
2. Pledged; promised; especially, having the affections pledged; promised in marriage; affianced; betrothed.
3. Greatly interested; of awakened zeal; earnest.