verb (used with object)
- engraver beetle,
- engraver's trick,
- engrossed bill,
Origin of engross
Examples from the Web for engrossed
Next to her was Justice Samuel Alito, who seemed to be engrossed in reading the entire time.
Oscar had sneaked in and had not been observed by them, so intensely were they engrossed in their talk.Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist|Harlan Page Halsey
But she never even raised a paw against this easy quarry; it was a higher hunting that now engrossed her.Neighbors Unknown|Charles G. D. Roberts
But Stella was too engrossed to think about oranges or neighbours, nor even did she feel the light nudge that followed.The Rainbow Book Tales of Fun & Fancy|Mabel Henriette Spielmann
But of late they had between them engrossed men's hearts, and crushed out of religion both conscience and common-sense.The Expositor's Bible: The Book of the Twelve Prophets, Vol. I|George Adam Smith
Dr. Schmerling did not pay much attention to these, as he was engrossed in his osteological inquiries.A Manual of the Antiquity of Man|J. P. MacLean
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.