be otherwise engaged


be otherwise engaged
be otherwise engaged phrase
to be unable to do something because you have already arranged to do something else
Thesaurus: to be busysynonym
Main entry: engaged

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  • Otherwise Engaged — is a bleakly comic play by English playwright Simon Gray. The play previewed at the Oxford Playhouse and the Richmond Theatre,[1] and then opened at the Queen s Theatre in London on 10 July 1975, with Alan Bates as the star and Harold Pinter as… …   Wikipedia

  • be otherwise engaged — to be unable to do something because you have already arranged to do something else …   English dictionary

  • Otherwise — may refer to: Difference Negative Pseudonym, as in otherwise known as or also known as See also All pages beginning with Otherwise All pages with titles containing Otherwise Otherwise Engaged, comic play by English playwright Simon Gray Otherwise …   Wikipedia

  • otherwise — oth|er|wise W2S1 [ˈʌðəwaız US ˈʌðər ] adv 1.) [sentence adverb] used when saying what bad thing will happen if something is not done ▪ You ll have to go now, otherwise you ll miss your bus. ▪ Put your coat on, otherwise you ll get cold. 2.)… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • otherwise — adverb 1 (sentence adverb) a word meaning if not , often used when there will be a bad result if something does not happen: You ll have to go now, otherwise you ll miss your bus. | They got two free tickets to Canada, otherwise they d never have… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • engaged — adj. 1 doing sth VERBS ▪ be ADVERB ▪ deeply, heavily ▪ those who are deeply engaged in party politics ▪ fully …   Collocations dictionary

  • engaged */*/ — UK [ɪnˈɡeɪdʒd] / US adjective 1) formal involved in doing something engaged in: Her team knew they were engaged in work of great importance. 2) if two people are engaged, they have formally agreed to get married How long have you been engaged?… …   English dictionary

  • engaged — en|gaged [ınˈgeıdʒd] adj 1.) if two people are engaged, they have agreed to marry ▪ Have you heard? Sally and Ray are getting engaged . ▪ She is engaged to be married . engaged to ▪ Kate s engaged to a guy from England. 2.) BrE if you call… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • engaged — adjective 1 having agreed to get married: They ve been engaged for six months. (+ to): Have you met the man she s engaged to? | get engaged (=agree to marry someone): Siobhan and Ray have just got engaged. 2 BrE an engaged telephone is being… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • engaged — en|gaged [ ın geıdʒd ] adjective ** 1. ) FORMAL involved in doing something a ) be otherwise engaged to be unable to do something because you have already arranged to do something else 2. ) if two people are engaged, they have formally agreed to… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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