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’
    • ‘When the spiders respond to the prodding, the engrossed first graders recoil in elaborate and animated ways.’
    • ‘Since they were both engrossed in his homework, to create a presence would simply be to make some noise.’
    • ‘The Story Corner in the Library was packed full of tiny engrossed faces last Thursday morning.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their engrossed faces reflected back the light from the tiny screen.’
    • ‘He replied hesitantly in a slurred, unenthusiastic tone, drawing many engrossed eyes towards him.’
    • ‘Violet was so engrossed talking to the guy that she almost didn't hear; fortunately, her charge caught the elevator door before it closed.’
    • ‘The adults seemed as engrossed in their conversation as they had during the gustation.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Not since Babylon 5 have I been this engrossed in a long running TV show!’
    • ‘The leader asked with an engrossed expression on his face.’
    • ‘I threw it and it landed a few feet short of the engrossed couple, making a loud splash nonetheless.’
    • ‘I used to get so engrossed listening to that story that I would have to be summoned back home.’
    • ‘But such things were impossible when he saw her engrossed in a daydream.’
    • ‘As the dance and the music progressed, Adrianna found herself becoming engrossed by it.’