Next to her was Justice Samuel Alito, who seemed to be engrossed in reading the entire time.
Bridge players appear to me to be far too engrossed in bickering and fault-finding to worry about immorality and laxity.
Portraits, decorative and scene painting, seem to have engrossed the art.
Then without a word, as he saw that the generals were engrossed in a conference, he withdrew.
Return it before the end of the week, and I will have it engrossed for signature.
His attention was engrossed in the amazing and terrifying performances of the pike.
A look through the keyhole revealed them engrossed in the decisive “hand.”
But all her attention was engrossed on her son, whom she saw at one of the tables, staking his last napoleon.
But he thought little of the matter, so engrossed was he with the recollections of the evening.
It must not be imagined, however, that the kings of France engrossed all virtue of this kind.
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.