- to occupy completely, as the mind or attention; absorb: Their discussion engrossed his attention. She is engrossed in her work.
- to write or copy in a clear, attractive, large script or in a formal manner, as a public document or record: to engross a deed.
- to acquire the whole of (a commodity), in order to control the market; monopolize.
Origin of engross
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Examples from the Web for engross
The novelty of the whole scene appeared for an instant to engross her attention.Imogen
Is it not rather for them a conspiracy to engross its advantages for the favoured few?Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
Not that he took little interest in it, but it had no power to absorb and engross him.Barrington
Charles James Lever
He had matters on hand of greater moment to engross his attention.A Pirate of Parts
Had we not had serious work before us, it was one to engross all our thoughts.Tales of the Sea
- to occupy one's attention completely; absorb
- to write or copy (manuscript) in large legible handwriting
- law to write or type out formally (a deed, agreement, or other document) preparatory to execution
- another word for corner (def. 21b)
Word Origin and History for engross
c.1400, "to buy up the whole stock of" (in Anglo-French from c.1300), from Old French en gros "in bulk, in a large quantity, at wholesale," as opposed to en detail. See gross.
Figurative sense of "absorb the whole attention" is first attested 1709. A parallel engross, meaning "to write (something) in large letters," is from Anglo-French engrosser, from Old French en gros "in large (letters)." Related: Engrossed; engrossing.