verb (used with object)
- engraver beetle,
- engraver's trick,
- engrossed bill,
Origin of engross
Examples from the Web for engross
The work upon which I had been engaged during the evening did not engross my mind that night when I retired.Aliens|William McFee
He noticed, moreover, that the social gaieties of Darjeeling did not engross her.The Elephant God|Gordon Casserly
Freemen are serious; they have objects at their heart worthy to engross attention.Devereux, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The plan was to erect machines in every part of the cotton district and engross the entire business themselves.
I should have been perfectly at liberty to talk to either of the ladies had he not wished to engross all my attention to himself.The Man who kept his Money in a Box|Anthony Trollope
Word Origin 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.