Pronunciation: (prē"en-gāj'), [key]
—v.t., v.i., -gaged, -gag•ing.
1. to engage beforehand.
2. to put under obligation, esp. to marry, by a prior engagement.
3. to win the favor or attention of beforehand: Other matters preengaged him. Also,pre"-en•gage'.
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