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Collaborate vs. Engage — What's the Difference?

Collaborate vs. Engage — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Collaborate and Engage

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Collaborate

To work together, especially in a joint intellectual effort.

Engage

Occupy or attract (someone's interest or attention)
I told him I was otherwise engaged
He ploughed on, trying to outline his plans and engage Sutton's attention

Collaborate

To cooperate treasonably, as with an enemy occupation force in one's country.

Engage

Participate or become involved in
Some are actively engaged in crime
Organizations engage in a variety of activities

Collaborate

To work together with others to achieve a common goal.
Let's collaborate on this project, and get it finished faster.
Wikipedia is a website where anyone can collaborate.
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Engage

Arrange to employ or hire (someone)
He was engaged as a trainee copywriter

Collaborate

To voluntarily cooperate treasonably, as with an enemy occupation force in one's country.
If you collaborate with the occupying forces, you will be shot.

Engage

(with reference to a part of a machine or engine) move into position so as to come into operation
The driver engaged the gears and pulled out into the road
The clutch will not engage

Collaborate

To work together with another toward a common goal, especially in an intellectual endeavor; as, four chemists collaborated on the synthesis of the compound; three authors collaborated in writing the book.

Engage

(of fencers or swordsmen) bring (weapons) together preparatory to fighting.

Collaborate

To willingly cooperate with an enemy, especially an enemy nation occupying one's own country.

Engage

(of a writer or artist) committed to a particular aim or cause.

Collaborate

Work together on a common enterprise of project;
The soprano and the pianist did not get together very well
We joined forces with another research group

Engage

Actively committed, as to a political cause.

Collaborate

Cooperate as a traitor;
He collaborated with the Nazis when they occupied Paris

Engage

To obtain or contract for the services of; employ
Engage a carpenter.

Engage

To arrange for the use of; reserve
Engage a room.

Engage

(transitive) To interact socially.

Engage

To engross or hold the attention of; to keep busy or occupied.

Engage

To draw into conversation.

Engage

To attract, to please; (archaic) to fascinate or win over (someone).

Engage

To interact antagonistically.

Engage

(transitive) To enter into conflict with (an enemy).

Engage

(intransitive) To enter into battle.

Engage

To interact contractually.

Engage

(transitive) To arrange to employ or use (a worker, a space, etc.).

Engage

(intransitive) To guarantee or promise (to do something).

Engage

(transitive) To bind through legal or moral obligation (to do something, especially to marry) usually in passive.
They were engaged last month! They're planning to have the wedding next year.

Engage

To pledge, pawn (one's property); to put (something) at risk or on the line; to mortgage (houses, land).

Engage

To interact mechanically.

Engage

To mesh or interlock (of machinery, especially a clutch).
Whenever I engage the clutch, the car stalls out.

Engage

To come into gear with.
The teeth of one cogwheel engage those of another.

Engage

(intransitive) To enter into (an activity), to participate (construed with in).

Engage

To entangle.

Engage

To put under pledge; to pledge; to place under obligations to do or forbear doing something, as by a pledge, oath, or promise; to bind by contract or promise.

Engage

To gain for service; to bring in as associate or aid; to enlist; as, to engage friends to aid in a cause; to engage men for service.

Engage

To gain over; to win and attach; to attract and hold; to draw.
Good nature engages everybody to him.

Engage

To employ the attention and efforts of; to occupy; to engross; to draw on.
Thus shall mankind his guardian care engage.
Taking upon himself the difficult task of engaging him in conversation.

Engage

To enter into contest with; to encounter; to bring to conflict.
A favorable opportunity of engaging the enemy.

Engage

To come into gear with; as, the teeth of one cogwheel engage those of another, or one part of a clutch engages the other part.

Engage

To promise or pledge one's self; to enter into an obligation; to become bound; to warrant.
How proper the remedy for the malady, I engage not.

Engage

To embark in a business; to take a part; to employ or involve one's self; to devote attention and effort; to enlist; as, to engage in controversy.

Engage

To enter into conflict; to join battle; as, the armies engaged in a general battle.

Engage

To be in gear, as two cogwheels working together.

Engage

Carry out or participate in an activity; be involved in;
She pursued many activities
They engaged in a discussion

Engage

Engage or engross wholly;
Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely

Engage

Engage or hire for work;
They hired two new secretaries in the department
How many people has she employed?

Engage

Ask to represent; of legal counsel;
I'm retaining a lawyer

Engage

Give to in marriage

Engage

Get caught;
Make sure the gear is engaged

Engage

As of wars, battles, or campaigns;
Napoleon and Hitler waged war against all of Europe

Engage

As of aid, help, services, or support

Engage

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?

Engage

Keep engaged;
Engaged the gears

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