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    engage with & engagement on

    The FA can confirm the England 2018 bid engaged with a number of parties around the world to provide general and background information on the progress of the bidding process within different countries and perspectives.
    These were media and corporate affairs consultants engaged on a confidential basis to gather intelligence.
    From the context

    I have referred many dictionaries, but I still feel puzzled over them.

    here, I guess engaged with means involving, and concerning engaged on, I don't really know its meaning. What is meant by "a confidential basis to gather intelligence."?

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    Re: engage with & engagement on

    "Engaged ... to gather intelligence" means "hired to find stuff out." Engaged "on a confidential basis" means that the likes of you and I are not meant to know of the engagement.

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    Re: engage with & engagement on

    Also, with the second, the preposition on goes with the phrase a confidential basis. It is, therefore, engaged + on a confidential basis, rather than engaged on + a confidential basis.

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    Re: engage with & engagement on

    I see the first verb as being less definite. To engage [+direct object] means to hire, but to me, to engage with [+ indirect object] means something like to enter into a dialogue with that party, who has agreed to entertain a question, or simply, to address that party.

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