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Ingadge, Ingage, v. Also: ingaige, -geage. [e.m.E. ingage (1596). Cf. Engadge.]

1. tr. To pledge or pawn; to mortgage; fig. to pledge (one's honour). 1598 6th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. 659/2.
[He] left the leiuing far ingadgit
1634 Bk. Carlaverock II. 128.
[The diamond] wes ingadgit at Londoun
1638 Baillie I. 81.
[They] should ingadge their honour … that [etc.]

2. To bind (a person or persons) by a formal agreement to perform a specified undertaking or condition. Freq. refl., to bind oneself.(1) c 1612 Highland P. III. 124.
The wholl mony that I wes ingadgit for
1622-6 Bisset I. 254/4.
The cautioner … stuid ingadged
1633 Aberd. Council Lett. I. 390.
We ar alredie ingadgit and bund in payment of … constant stipends at ten for the hundreth
1639 Baillie I. 238.
Being ingagit to Mr. Jo. Bell
1651 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 125.
That the toune be not ingadged in any thing that concernes the shyres pairt
1657 Aberd. Council Lett. III. 290.
They have … ingadgit the state for the samen [payment]
(2) 1655 Stirling Ant. II. 18.
[He] did ingaige himself to the minister … that Georg Muchet should satisfie [etc.]
1661 Aberd. Council Lett. IV. 89.
I am sorry you should … have ingadged your selves for such a considerable soume
1676 Cramond Fordyce Presb. 42.
George Lawtie ingadges himself to … perfyt the Beedhouse before Whitsunday

3. intr. a. To undertake, commit oneself. Parenthet., I ingage, = I undertake. 15.. Clar. v. 929.
Twentie … children … On tame lyounis quhalpis, I ingage
1640 Aberd. B. Rec. III. 111.
The ministeris wer most willing to promise and ingadge that no augmentatioun … suld affect … the towne
c1705 Nimmo Narr. 96.
He ingadges to colect the hearthmoney in the Presbytery of Haddington

b. To enter into a commitment; to engage oneself, make oneself answerable for. 1652 Nicoll Diary 86.
Such as ingage in this union
1661 Aberd. Council Lett. IV. 178.
To discharge with him … without aither ingadging or discharging till your comeing home
1697 Falkirk Par. Rec. II. 55.
To buy … velvet and ingadge for the payment thereof for some litle time

c. To take service, enlist. 1671 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 275.
To imped the militia souldiers to ingadge with the French captaine
a1691 Kingston Contin. Ho. Seytoun 84.
Resolving to ingadge in that Scots army
1701 New Mills Manuf. 264.
To gett back the servant … that runn away and ingadged in the manufactory at Hamiltone

4. tr. a. To engage in one's employment. b. In p.p., employed, occupied. c. To enter into combat with. d. In p.p., committed, involved, in some affair.a. 1671 Aberd. B. Rec. IV. 275.
If the saids [French] captains … sall indeavor to ingadge them [apprentices, etc.]
b. 1680-6 Lauder Observes 256.
Many … seamen ingadged in a trade of caping
1685 Glamis Bk. Rec. 81.
Besyds a spair ox to each ingeag'd leading stons
c. 1675 Erskine Diary 224.
About the number of twentie came out … to ingage the party
d. 1625 Bk. Carlaverock II. 67.
We ar all michtilie ingagit be his folie

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