There are 2 main translations of engage in Spanish

: engage1engagé2


captar, v.

Pronunciation /ɛnˈɡeɪdʒ//ɛnˈɡeɪdʒ//ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ//ɪnˈɡeɪdʒ/

transitive verb

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    • 1.1

      (attention/interest) captar
      (attention/interest) atraer
      to engage sb in conversation entablar / trabar conversación con algn
      • The play area with its ball pit, stuffed toys, comic racks and computer games can surely engage the attention of children irrespective of their ages.
      • For the first time in years they engaged the interest, even the sympathy, both of the media and the wider public.
      • It is making waves in the architect's world, not to mention engaging the attention of those looking for solutions to develop in an eco-friendly way.
      • And this morning I managed to engage the attention of my new class of students.
      • We never know what will engage the interest of our readers.
      • To engage the interest of a group of fourth formers, he suggested that they build a hovercraft from scratch to enter a national competition.
      • I don't know her at all and it's not really my kind of thing, but it's just good to see someone who I don't recognise, who engages my interest.
      • That committee work appears to have engaged his interest, unlike any actual legislative issue.
      • It is the themes as much as the plot that engage the interest.
      • It will involve engaging their enthusiasm and interest.
      • Nothing in the newspaper engaged my attention at all.
      • Spectators had a diverse range of exhibits to engage their attention and sheep dog trials generated considerable interest.
      • It engages the attention - and the funds - of thousands of the most powerful institutional investors round the world.
      • The film failed to engage my interest for at least two reasons.
      • I try to bring a little mystery to what might happen, because that engages people more.
      • Alas, he's too dull to engage any interest at all.
      • Your web site needs continuous improvement to capture and engage your visitor's attention.
      • If any town, city or district is to thrive it needs to engage the interest and enthusiasm of its younger generation.
      • Only an appeal to the broad mass of the people will work and they will only get excited enough to vote if the agenda is radical enough to engage their interest and support.
      • How successful are initiatives such as the Youth Parliament in engaging the interest of young people in politics?
      • It consists in not taking an interest in whatever may be engaging the attention of the general public at any particular time.

    • 1.2formal

      (enemy) entablar combate con formal
      • Mongol commanders would also send portions of their force well past and around the enemy lines while the main body engaged the enemy army.
      • While patrolling narrow streets, it is nearly impossible to safely traverse the entire turret to engage enemy forces.
      • They can also combine with the scout platoon to engage enemy targets for hasty attacks and ambushes.
      • ‘They learned how to use weapons, map reading and battle tactics to engage the enemy during combat,’ said Brig.
      • By exercising strict target discipline, soldiers engaged guerrillas from longer distances in relative safety.
      • Ambushes were set either on one side of the road, or both when the road was elevated, allowing the enemy to engage coalition forces without firing into each other.
      • Deploying, the riflemen heavily engaged the enemy on both sides of the road.
      • Retreating subunits will inevitably be engaged by the enemy's enveloping, raiding, air-mobile, or commando forces.
      • Critics are quick to point to the coalition's adherence to the law of armed combat as a reason for the coalition's inability to engage the enemy as necessary.
      • Early entry forces will likely enter theaters through populated urban centers, engaging enemies using asymmetrical means.
      • U.S. forces also engaged the enemy in a firefight and bombarded a secret drug laboratory on January 6.
      • When a unit is engaged by an enemy force, it is likely that the commander will react by maneuvering forces to counter the enemy and, if possible, to pursue any evading forces.
      • The problem seems to be that when you direct your forces to attack an enemy unit, they believe that they should attack that specific unit rather than engage the enemy force as a whole.
      • The crewmembers of all three maneuvered their combat systems to a position of advantage and engaged the enemy with devastating results.
      • Our soldiers engaged hostile enemies in combat, preserved peace on strange frontiers and symbolized American values both at home and abroad.
      • In the course of a defensive operation, subunits can be used to engage the enemy's tactical air assault force as an anti-airborne assault reserve.
      • Armed militiamen engaged the occupation forces and fighting continued for hours.
      • By the 12th century the nobility began to stage tournaments in which knights engaged each other in battle in order to prove their skill, courage and honor.
      • Then, snapped out of their awe, the terrorists and commandos begin engaging each other.
      • During World War II, only 15 to 20 percent of U.S. infantrymen engaged the enemy with direct fire.

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    • 2.1

      (cog/wheel) engranar con
      • I found a big sweet spot where the clutch lets the gears engage after raising the pedal a few inches.
      • When a data cartridge is inserted into the data storage system, the cartridge directly or indirectly engages and moves the shield from the first position to the second position.
      • The Patrol has a part-time, four-wheel drive system, which can be engaged on the move at speeds up to 40 kph.

    • 2.2(operate)

      (gear) engranar
      (gear) meter informal
      to engage the clutch embragar

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    (staff/performer) contratar
    • On his return to Madrid in 1764, he was engaged as an assistant to the court painter, Anton Mengs.
    • They were not like the modern fairs but were where employers went to engage workers and people went to seek jobs and also to buy things.
    • But I am advised that of today, 15 people are currently engaged as temporary constables.
    • His current part-time mechanic employee engages him 15 to 25 hours per week.
    • At the time of the development, contractors engaged by the Ministry had the right to go on to the land to carry out the operations, but such a licence did not amount to an interest in land.
    • So what they'll do is to basically engage those individuals as casuals, through a labour hire company.
    • Although we were totally different, we seemed to hit it off and I made arrangements to engage him full-time on my return to England.
    • Many families do not hesitate to engage boys or girls to help with household chores like cleaning the house, cars, and so on.
    • The plaintiffs engaged the defendants as their solicitors to act for them.
    • That employer engaged other artists to finish the drawings and undertook to publish them on his return to England.
    • Seventeen years ago, in 1986, he was engaged as an assistant professor at USF.
    • Employers are making every effort to increase production without engaging new workers.
    • As representatives of the new forms of industrial capital, modern manufacturers were engaging increasing numbers of factory workers to produce their products.

There are 2 main translations of engage in Spanish

: engage1engagé2


comprometido, adj.

Pronunciation /ˌɑŋɡɑˈʒeɪ//ˌɒ̃ɡaˈʒeɪ/


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    • Born in Vermont in 1859, Dewey was a forerunner of the celebrity academic, the engagé intellectual.
    • Schlesinger, who remains almost the ideal example of the intellectual engagé, greatly admired Richard Hofstadter and Lionel Trilling, who always retained their detachment.
    • These views were in line with Pirenne's personality as a ‘historian engagé, son of his time, nationalistic, liberal, bourgeois, optimistic…: who saw history as a record of progress driven by urbanisation, trade and capitalism’.
    • Each side had its share of engagé intellectuals: Martin Heidegger on the right; De Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre on the left; and Arendt on neither side.
    • He makes even grander claims on their behalf, likening them to engagé European intellectuals such as Albert Camus.
    • This year marks the centenary of the birth of Jean-Paul Sartre, the great philosopher of existentialism and a definitive model of the intellectual engagé.

intransitive verb

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    (take part)
    to engage in sth
    • to engage in politics dedicarse a la política
    • to engage in arguments entrar en discusiones
    • Some have already signed a peace treaty with them and some have opened offices whilst others are engaging in trade with them.
    • The institute is engaged in research involving the SARS coronavirus.
    • I'm trying to think of what type of festivities I'll be engaging in for my birthday.
    • He has worked as a businessman and began engaging in community affairs in the 1980s.
    • The country is engaged in two wars for the survival of its civilization.
    • Religion and politics are apparently the two topics best avoided when engaging in polite conversation.
    • All three companies are actively engaged in the development of safety syringes.
    • Virtually everyone was engaged in actively discussing key legislative and political issues of interest to nurses and nursing.
    • They are engaged in nothing less than an enormous social experiment involving millions of users.
    • She referred to a number of donations received during the year, also the successful activities the clients were engaged in.
    • The simple fact is that women prefer the more human touch when engaging in dialogues.
    • Eventually she becomes involved in drugs and engages in various sexual escapades.
    • The judges and the presenter are engaging in a sham to attract more viewers.
    • I don't think this problem can be solved by engaging in the arms race.
    • It's the case of three priests trying to do the work six were engaged in not all that many years ago.
    • He has been actively engaged in an open exchange on what Indonesia is and should be.
    • Strategically, the US is certainly capable of engaging in multiple operations on a global level.
    • Each of the named individuals is a scientist who engages in research involving animals.
    • Marjorie encourages just the sort of travelling that her daughter was engaged in when she died, recognising that such exploration is important for young people.
    • Please read that newer post before engaging in flights of fancy based on this one.
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    (wheel/cog) engranar
  • 3

    entablar combate formal