Definition of engross in English:


Pronunciation /inˈɡrōs//enˈɡrōs/


  • 1Absorb all the attention or interest of.

    ‘the notes totally engrossed him’
    • ‘He had been totally engrossed in his AP Chemistry homework.’
    • ‘Just then, a silver-haired man with dancing eyes enters the pub and he and Martyn are soon engrossed in conversation about one of his other big loves, fishing.’
    • ‘Brooke rolled her eyes and deliberately turned her back to him, pretending to be suddenly engrossed in a fascinating conversation with Jane.’
    • ‘He was already engrossed in a conversation with another guy from the soccer team about a play that he disagreed with by the time she went to say something.’
    • ‘Soon, Noah was totally engrossed in collecting the money.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I was very engrossed in conversation with her and could not really be bothered with him.’
    • ‘The old man was engrossed in his conversation with the head advisor.’
    • ‘After watching the sixth episode, and still being engrossed to the final end, you wish there had been more episodes produced.’
    • ‘Smiling slightly, their heads were close together, and both were engrossed in deep conversation, oblivious to the rest of the world.’
    • ‘Connie, who was totally engrossed in the film they were watching, jumped a mile when LeeAnne tapped her on the shoulder.’
    • ‘Everybody else has to get out of their way, but they don't even notice, they are so engrossed in conversation.’
    • ‘The two students were too engrossed in conversation to notice.’
    • ‘Danny looked at Katie as if to say ‘we should go find her’ but Katie was too engrossed in conversation with Rosemary to notice.’
    • ‘I found it to be an intelligent and engrossing science fiction film that didn't rely solely on elaborate special effects.’
    • ‘At the other end of the bar, Sal was engrossed in another conversation with Brenda.’
    • ‘The classroom was nearly deserted, save Emma and Miss Bell who were deeply engrossed in their conversation.’
    • ‘Drinks were being ordered and Charlie pretended to be totally engrossed in that, which wasn't too much of a stretch for him, but at the same time his mind was doing a few other calculations.’
    • ‘When she finally looked back at him, he was totally engrossed in the service, and she knew there was no way he would talk now.’
    • ‘I was totally engrossed in preparing the packages when I heard a knock on the door.’
    • ‘Fortunately, Hartinger has written a compelling, engrossing novel in which serious subjects are addressed, but not at the cost of humor and good writing.’
    absorbed, involved, immersed, caught up, rapt, interested
    preoccupied by, engaged in, engaged with, riveted by, gripped by, intent on, focused on, captivated by, beguiled by, intrigued by, fixated by, hypnotized by, mesmerized by
    absorbing, involving, engaging, riveting, gripping, captivating, compelling, compulsive, irresistible, arresting, interesting, fascinating, intriguing, enthralling, spellbinding, entrancing, bewitching, beguiling, hypnotic, mesmeric
    preoccupy, absorb, engage
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    1. 1.1archaic Gain or keep exclusive possession of (something)
      ‘the country had made the best of its position to engross trade’
      • ‘The members of the new gentry used their commercial connections and strategic land holdings to engross trade.’
  • 2Law
    Produce (a legal document) in its final or definitive form.

    • ‘However, Beckerman's lawyer engrossed the transfer/deed of land in Merry's name.’
    • ‘If that case stated can be got in proper shape and finally engrossed and submitted to me in chambers, I will make the order in chambers without any need for further attendance.’
    • ‘We accept that there was no formal document engrossed as the register of units.’
    • ‘The evidence from the Medical Tribunal that I could not recall was on 30 May 1994, two weeks beforehand, she had made an appointment with my solicitor to engross a new will.’
    • ‘After the official engrossed parchment copy was signed on 2 August, broadsides were distributed throughout the country.’
    copy, reproduce
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Late Middle English (formerly also as ingross): based on en-, in- in + late Latin grossus large.