engage etymology

English word engage comes from Old French en- (in, into, also used as an intensifier) and gage (pledge), and it can also be dated back to the Proto-Germanic *wadjōną (to wager, to pledge)

Detailed word origin of engage

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
en- Old French (fro) En- (in; into). En- (intensifier).
*an- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*anda- Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Against, opposing. Un-, de-.
*wadjōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) To wager, to pledge.
gage Old French (fro) Under pledge. (figuratively) payment. Wage (regular remuneration).
*anwadjōn Frankish (frk)
engager Old French (fro)
engagen Middle English (enm)
engage English (eng) (engineering, transitive) To come into gear with.. (heading) To interact antagonistically.. (heading) To interact contractually.. (heading) To interact mechanically.. (heading, transitive) To interact socially.. (intransitive) To enter into (an activity), to participate (construed with in).. (intransitive) To enter into battle.. (intransitive) To guarantee or promise (to do something).. [...]

Words with the same origin as engage

Descendants of en-
ambush embarrass embarrassed embarrassment embrace employ employment encounter encourage endure energy engagement engine enjoy ensign ensure envy improve improvement improving inquiry majority parliament suspend
Descendants of *an-
about again bout gain gen gin whereabouts
Descendants of *anda-
abe adrift afar afloat ahold amelia arouse ashore aside asleep uninvited unlike unloaded unseen
Descendants of *wadjōną
gage wage wager wed wedding