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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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ENGAGE, v. Sc. usages. Also engaige, engauge.

1. Used absol. To pray (Bnff.2, Abd.9 1943; Ags.19 1950).Abd. 1871 W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xiii.:
It was fat they ca' a prayer meetin'; an' aifter he hed roar't on for a file 'imsel, he cries oot, “Some broder 'll engaige noo,” fan up startit the Souter an' gya them a screed o't bye ordinar'.

2. In ppl.adj. engaging, that makes an engagement or gives a pledge (see quot.).Abd. 1875 W. Alexander My Ain Folk 223:
“The engaging parent” . . . would have to [be examined in] . . . the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith, and the significance of the rite of baptism in particular.

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