engagement vs fight what difference

what is difference between engagement and fight



From French engagement.


  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈɡeɪd͡ʒ.mənt/
  • Hyphenation: en‧gage‧ment


engagement (countable and uncountable, plural engagements)

  1. (countable) An appointment, especially to speak or perform.
    The lecturer has three speaking engagements this week.
  2. (uncountable) Connection or attachment.
    Check the gears for full engagement before turning the handle.
  3. (uncountable, by extension, about human emotional state) The feeling of being compelled, drawn in, connected to what is happening, interested in what will happen next.
  4. (countable, uncountable) The period of time when marriage is planned or promised.
    We are enjoying a long engagement, but haven’t yet set a date.
  5. (countable, uncountable) In any situation of conflict, an actual instance of active hostilities.
    The engagement resulted in many casualties.
  6. (fencing, countable) The point at which the fencers are close enough to join blades, or to make an effective attack during an encounter.
    After engagement it quickly became clear which of the fencers was going to prevail.


  • commitment
  • action


  • apathy
  • disengagement

Derived terms

  • engagement ring
  • disengagement

Related terms

  • engage


See also

  • battle
  • campaign




engager +‎ -ment.


  • IPA(key): /ɑ̃.ɡaʒ.mɑ̃/


engagement m (plural engagements)

  1. commitment
  2. engagement

Further reading

  • “engagement” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).



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engagement m (plural engagements)

  1. (Jersey) engagement


Etymology 1

From Middle English fighten, from Old English feohtan (to fight, combat, strive), from Proto-West Germanic *fehtan, from Proto-Germanic *fehtaną (to comb, tease, shear, struggle with), from Proto-Indo-European *peḱ- (to comb, shear).

Cognate with Scots fecht (to fight), West Frisian fjochtsje, fjuchte (to fight), Dutch vechten (to fight), Low German fechten (to fight), German fechten (to fight, fence), Swedish fäkta (to fence, to fight (using blade weapons), to wave vigorously (and carelessly) with one’s arms), Latin pectō (comb, thrash, verb), Albanian pjek (to hit, strive, fight), Ancient Greek πέκω (pékō, comb or card wool, verb). Related also to Old English feht (wool, shaggy pelt, fleece).


  • enPR: fīt, IPA(key): /faɪt/
  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): [fʌɪt]
  • Rhymes: -aɪt


fight (third-person singular simple present fights, present participle fighting, simple past fought, past participle fought or (archaic) foughten)

  1. (intransitive) To contend in physical conflict, either singly or in war, battle etc.
  2. (reciprocal) To contend in physical conflict with each other, either singly or in war, battle etc.
  3. (intransitive) To strive for something; to campaign or contend for success.
  4. (transitive) To conduct or engage in (battle, warfare etc.).
    • 1856, Thomas Macaulay, Life of Samuel Johnson
      was left to fight his way through the world.
    • I have fought a good fight.
  5. (transitive) To engage in combat with; to oppose physically, to contest with.
  6. (transitive) To try to overpower; to fiercely counteract.
  7. (transitive, archaic) To cause to fight; to manage or manoeuvre in a fight.
  8. (intransitive) Of colours or other design elements: to clash; to fail to harmonize.
  • See also Thesaurus:fight
Derived terms
  • Sranan Tongo: feti

Etymology 2

From Middle English fight, feyght, fiȝt, fecht, from Old English feoht, ġefeoht, from Proto-West Germanic *fehtan, from Proto-Germanic *fehtą, *gafehtą (fight, struggle), from Proto-Germanic *fehtaną (to struggle with). Cognate with Dutch gevecht, German Gefecht.


fight (countable and uncountable, plural fights)

  1. An occasion of fighting.
  2. (archaic) A battle between opposing armies.
  3. A physical confrontation or combat between two or more people or groups.
  4. (sports) A boxing or martial arts match.
  5. A conflict, possibly nonphysical, with opposing ideas or forces; strife.
  6. (uncountable) The will or ability to fight.
  7. (obsolete) A screen for the combatants in ships.
    • 1673, John Dryden, Amboyna
      Up with your fights, and your nettings prepare.
  • See also Thesaurus:fight
Derived terms
  • Sranan Tongo: feti
    • Dutch: fittie
  • Japanese: ファイト (faito)

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