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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)

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>

en·gross·er noun

Examples of engross

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



Origin 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

en·grosseden·gross·ing

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





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