Antonyms of verb engage

2 of 10 senses of engage

Sense 6
engage -- (get caught; "make sure the gear is engaged")
       Antonym of disengage (Sense 3)
      => disengage -- (become free; "in neutral, the gears disengage")

Sense 10
engage, mesh, lock, operate -- (keep engaged; "engaged the gears")
       Antonym of disengage (Sense 1)
      => disengage, withdraw -- (release from something that holds fast, connects, or entangles; "I want to disengage myself from his influence"; "disengage the gears")

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb engage

10 senses of engage

Sense 1
prosecute, engage, pursue -- (carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in; "She pursued many activities"; "They engaged in a discussion")
       => act, move -- (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel")

Sense 2
absorb, engross, engage, occupy -- (consume all of one's attention or time; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely")
       => interest -- (excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of)

Sense 3
hire, engage, employ -- (engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?")

Sense 4
engage -- (ask to represent; of legal counsel; "I'm retaining a lawyer")
       => hire, engage, employ -- (engage or hire for work; "They hired two new secretaries in the department"; "How many people has she employed?")

Sense 5
betroth, engage, affiance, plight -- (give to in marriage)
       => vow -- (make a vow; promise; "He vowed never to drink alcohol again")

Sense 6
engage -- (get caught; "make sure the gear is engaged")
       => touch -- (make physical contact with, come in contact with; "Touch the stone for good luck"; "She never touched her husband")

Sense 7
engage, wage -- (carry on (wars, battles, or campaigns); "Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe")
       => contend, fight, struggle -- (be engaged in a fight; carry on a fight; "the tribesmen fought each other"; "Siblings are always fighting"; "Militant groups are contending for control of the country")

Sense 8
engage, enlist -- (hire for work or assistance; "engage aid, help, services, or support")
       => procure, secure -- (get by special effort; "He procured extra cigarettes even though they were rationed")

Sense 9
lease, rent, hire, charter, engage, take -- (engage for service under a term of contract; "We took an apartment on a quiet street"; "Let's rent a car"; "Shall we take a guide in Rome?")
       => get, acquire -- (come into the possession of something concrete or abstract; "She got a lot of paintings from her uncle"; "They acquired a new pet"; "Get your results the next day"; "Get permission to take a few days off from work")

Sense 10
engage, mesh, lock, operate -- (keep engaged; "engaged the gears")
       => move, displace -- (cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense; "Move those boxes into the corner, please"; "I'm moving my money to another bank"; "The director moved more responsibilities onto his new assistant")

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