- fully occupying the mind or attention; absorbing: I'm reading the most engrossing book.
Origin of engrossing
- 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 engrossing
You really were ahead of your time with Twin Peaks—this gritty, engrossing serial TV drama.David Lynch on Transcendental Meditation, ‘Twin Peaks,’ and Collaborating With Kanye West
October 6, 2014
The high heel is revolutionary, and evolutionary, as an engrossing Brooklyn Museum show reveals.
The show provides an engrossing portrait of those designers and visionaries that made the high heel a symbol of status and sex.
The Netflix prison dramedy, with its binge-baiting release strategy, is engrossing in every sense of word.Inside Orange Is the New Black’s Terrifying Showdown Between Red and Vee
June 25, 2014
It is a human drama quite as engrossing as the story of the grand strategic deception upon which it hangs.Garbo the Spy: Documentary on the Double Agent Who Helped Defeat Hitler
November 27, 2011
The first impression of so strange a scene was engrossing admiration.The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper
Marry, you are right; you make an engrossing topic—you and your debauched father.The Sea-Hawk
They prevented that engrossing study, which was often more than her health could bear.Olive
Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
The most fascinating, engrossing and picturesque of the season's novels.The Rose of Old St. Louis</p>
It kept me from dwelling too exclusively on one engrossing subject.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
- so interesting as to occupy one's attention completely; absorbing
- 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 engrossing
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.