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comment What does 'engage' mean as in 'The VC has officially engaged'
American business practice has a lot of jargon i.e. "do the deal" versus "transact". In a business meeting therefore, you will likely hear the question "Do you want to do the deal or not?" Almost no one would say "Do you want to transact or not?" The word "contract" is a legal term, hence intimidating. So unconsciously the word "contract" tends to be avoided. The word "engage" has a subtle romantic association, and is therefore preferred. Consequently, it is not uncommon for news articles to incorporate business jargon instead of a more formal English.
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