Definition of engrossing in US English:

engrossing

adjective

  • Absorbing all one's attention or interest.

    ‘the most engrossing parts of the book’
    • ‘Johnson's biography is an engrossing portrait of a brilliant physicist who happens to be a complex and, at times, troubled character.’
    • ‘If you're looking for intellectually-stimulating and engrossing read, try both!’
    • ‘I would, however, like to set the record straight about a statement that Mullen made in his engrossing account of the famous race at the 1924 Paris Olympic Games.’
    • ‘This is an engrossing book, but is perhaps best treated as verse, to be picked up and savored one short chapter at a time.’
    • ‘Instead, we are given an engrossing account of a man who, from the humblest of beginnings, became one of the most renowned American artists in history.’
    • ‘Season Three was the programme near the top of its game, engrossing and addictive, with a great blend of medical and personal chaos mixed with the occasional playful respite.’
    • ‘The bulk of the book is a very quick, engrossing read.’
    • ‘In Act II, he and Pierson together compel the listener to drop any other pursuit and pay complete attention to the engrossing love story.’
    • ‘The depth of the various relationships, the fact that the movie is about something, and the engrossing nature of the storyline all combine to make this a strong entry in a season of disappointments.’
    • ‘And then you realize that's what made it such an engrossing read.’
    • ‘The evolution of his career is certainly an engrossing story to contemplate.’
    • ‘Most importantly, the song exhibits the environment best suited to their music (the club), while also telling an engrossing story.’
    • ‘They point out their strengths and numerous weaknesses and truly create an engrossing conversation.’
    • ‘The film was the complete package - an engrossing story filled with well realized characters and punctuated with tense, rousing battle sequences.’
    • ‘He has the reputation of being an expert teller of engrossing tales on the large screen, and that was perhaps the reason why several people in the audience waited patiently to hear him speak.’
    • ‘This marvellous book serves as a portrait of a young woman and her times, but it is also an engrossing portrait of a place at a turning point in its cultural history.’
    • ‘Taken together, however, they form an engrossing collection.’
    • ‘You knew just what you were getting, and it was just what you wanted: an engrossing plot, grippingly narrated, with characters and settings that jumped off the page.’
    • ‘I've made a valiant attempt to catch it every week because it is one of the better, more engrossing shows on television these days.’
    • ‘Theirs was a life-long relationship of artistic dialogue that has become the engrossing subject of study of art students, curators and connoisseurs and the theme of art exhibitions in museums around the world.’

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