Definition of engrossed in US English:



  • predicative Having all one's attention or interest absorbed by someone or something.

    ‘they seemed to be engrossed in conversation’
    • ‘He replied hesitantly in a slurred, unenthusiastic tone, drawing many engrossed eyes towards him.’
    • ‘As the dance and the music progressed, Adrianna found herself becoming engrossed by it.’
    • ‘She took a second to glance to her left and right to check on Garrond and Fitzsimmons and they were both engrossed in their duties.’
    • ‘The Story Corner in the Library was packed full of tiny engrossed faces last Thursday morning.’
    • ‘Their engrossed faces reflected back the light from the tiny screen.’
    • ‘The adults seemed as engrossed in their conversation as they had during the gustation.’
    • ‘Since they were both engrossed in his homework, to create a presence would simply be to make some noise.’
    • ‘When the spiders respond to the prodding, the engrossed first graders recoil in elaborate and animated ways.’
    • ‘But such things were impossible when he saw her engrossed in a daydream.’
    • ‘Eventually he excused himself from the movie and went looking for her, no one even noticed him going, that engrossed were they in the movie, or more to the point each other.’
    • ‘Violet was so engrossed talking to the guy that she almost didn't hear; fortunately, her charge caught the elevator door before it closed.’
    • ‘I threw it and it landed a few feet short of the engrossed couple, making a loud splash nonetheless.’
    • ‘The leader asked with an engrossed expression on his face.’
    • ‘Not since Babylon 5 have I been this engrossed in a long running TV show!’
    • ‘I used to get so engrossed listening to that story that I would have to be summoned back home.’