ADJ. previous, prior Mrs Spratt regrets that she is unable to attend owing to a previous engagement. | important | business, official, public, social | dinner, lunch
VERB + ENGAGEMENT have | keep It is important that I keep this engagement. | carry out (formal) The prime minister will carry out no official public engagements during the month of August. | cancel, fail to keep The president fell ill and was forced to cancel all public engagements.
ENGAGEMENT + NOUN diary
PREP. ~ with He had an important engagement with his financial adviser.
2 agreement to get married
ADJ. long | broken
VERB + ENGAGEMENT announce | break (off)
ENGAGEMENT + NOUN ring
PREP. ~ to He announced his engagement to his long-time girlfriend.