Definition of engross in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Absorb all the attention or interest of.

    ‘the notes totally engrossed him’
    • ‘After watching the sixth episode, and still being engrossed to the final end, you wish there had been more episodes produced.’
    • ‘I was totally engrossed in preparing the packages when I heard a knock on the door.’
    • ‘Soon, Noah was totally engrossed in collecting the money.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the other end of the bar, Sal was engrossed in another conversation with Brenda.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Everybody else has to get out of their way, but they don't even notice, they are so engrossed in conversation.’
    • ‘He had been totally engrossed in his AP Chemistry homework.’
    • ‘Connie, who was totally engrossed in the film they were watching, jumped a mile when LeeAnne tapped her on the shoulder.’
    • ‘The two students were too engrossed in conversation to notice.’
    • ‘Fortunately, Hartinger has written a compelling, engrossing novel in which serious subjects are addressed, but not at the cost of humor and good writing.’
    • ‘Smiling slightly, their heads were close together, and both were engrossed in deep conversation, oblivious to the rest of the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Danny looked at Katie as if to say ‘we should go find her’ but Katie was too engrossed in conversation with Rosemary to notice.’
    • ‘The old man was engrossed in his conversation with the head advisor.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, I was very engrossed in conversation with her and could not really be bothered with him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The classroom was nearly deserted, save Emma and Miss Bell who were deeply engrossed in their conversation.’
    • ‘I found it to be an intelligent and engrossing science fiction film that didn't rely solely on elaborate special effects.’
    absorbed, involved, immersed, caught up, rapt, interested
    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.

    • ‘After the official engrossed parchment copy was signed on 2 August, broadsides were distributed throughout the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, Beckerman's lawyer engrossed the transfer/deed of land in Merry's name.’
    • ‘We accept that there was no formal document engrossed as the register of units.’
    copy, reproduce, type, type out
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Late Middle English (formerly also as ingross): based on en-, in- ‘in’ + late Latin grossus ‘large’. Sense 1 is from Old French en gros, from medieval Latin in grosso ‘wholesale’; sense 2 comes from Anglo-Norman French engrosser, medieval Latin ingrossare, from Old French grosse, medieval Latin grossa ‘large writing’, with reference to clerks writing out documents in large, clear writing.