- 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 engrossed
Next to her was Justice Samuel Alito, who seemed to be engrossed in reading the entire time.Inside the Supreme Court, Poker Faces All Around
June 28, 2012
The discovery which Ellinor had just made to me engrossed all my powers of attention.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
She immediately attracted and engrossed the attention of all present.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
The idea became rooted in his mind, and engrossed his thoughts.Heroes of the Telegraph
The subject abstracted their attention, and engrossed all their faculties.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Business has not, however, engrossed the whole of Mr. Beckwith's time and talents.Cleveland Past and Present
- 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 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.