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engross

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verb en·gross \in-ˈgrōs, en-\

Simple Definition of engross

  • : to hold the complete interest or attention of (someone)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of engross

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to copy or write in a large hand b :  to prepare the usually final handwritten or printed text of (an official document)

  3. 2 [Middle English, from Anglo-French engrosser, from en gros wholesale, in quantity] a :  to purchase large quantities of (as for speculation) b archaic :  amass, collect c :  to take or engage the whole attention of :  occupy completely <ideas that have engrossed the minds of scholars for generations>

engrosser

noun

Examples of engross in a sentence

  1. <a mystery story that will engross readers all the way to the surprise ending>



Origin and Etymology of engross

Middle English, from Anglo-French engrosser to put (a legal document) in final form, from Medieval Latin ingrossare, from in grossam (put) into final form, literally, (written) in large (letter)


First Known Use: 15th century


ENGROSS Defined for Kids

engross

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verb en·gross \in-ˈgrōs\

Definition of engross for Students

engrossed

engrossing

  1. :  to take the attention of completely <He was engrossed in a book.>




Law Dictionary

engross

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transitive verb en·gross \in-ˈgrōs\

Legal Definition of engross

  1. :  to prepare the usually final handwritten or printed text of (as a bill or resolution) especially for final passage or approval <the amendment was ordered to be engrossedCongressional Record> — see also engrossed bill at bill 1 — compare enroll

engrossment

noun


Additional Notes on engross

A bill or resolution is engrossed in the Congress and some state legislatures before its third reading and final passage by one of the legislative houses.

Origin and Etymology of engross

Anglo-French engrosser to put (a legal document) in final form, from Medieval Latin ingrossare, from in grossam (put) into final form, literally, (written) in large (letter)



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