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[en-grohs] /ɛnˈgroʊs/
verb (used with object)
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
1275-1325; Middle English engros(s)en to gather in large quantities, draft (a will, etc.) in final form < Anglo-French engrosser, partly < Medieval Latin ingrossāre to thicken, write large and thick (Latin in- in-2 + gross(us) thick + -āre infinitive suffix); partly < Anglo-French, Middle French en gros in quantity, wholesale < Latin in + grossus; see gross
Related forms
[en-groh-sid-lee, -grohst-] /ɛnˈgroʊ sɪd li, -ˈgroʊst-/ (Show IPA),
engrosser, noun
reengross, verb (used with object)
self-engrossed, adjective
unengrossed, adjective
1. involve, immerse, engage. Unabridged
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  • 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.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • Then without a word, as he saw that the generals were engrossed in a conference, he withdrew.

    The Shades of the Wilderness Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Return it before the end of the week, and I will have it engrossed for signature.

    The Island Pharisees John Galsworthy
  • His attention was engrossed in the amazing and terrifying performances of the pike.

    Neighbors Unknown Charles G. D. Roberts
  • A look through the keyhole revealed them engrossed in the decisive “hand.”

    Colorado Jim George Goodchild
  • But all her attention was engrossed on her son, whom she saw at one of the tables, staking his last napoleon.

    A Book of Ghosts Sabine Baring-Gould
  • But he thought little of the matter, so engrossed was he with the recollections of the evening.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • It must not be imagined, however, that the kings of France engrossed all virtue of this kind.

British Dictionary definitions for engrossed


verb (transitive)
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 (sense 21b)
Derived Forms
engrossed, adjective
engrossedly (ɪnˈɡrəʊsɪdlɪ) adverb
engrosser, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: to buy up wholesale): from Old French en gros in quantity; C15 (in the sense: to write in large letters): probably from Medieval Latin ingrossāre; both from Latin grossus thick, gross
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Word Origin and History for engrossed



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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