engross

verb en·gross \ in-ˈgrōs , en- \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of engross

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

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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)


ENGROSS Defined for English Language Learners

engross

verb

Definition of engross for English Language Learners

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


ENGROSS Defined for Kids

engross

verb en·gross \ in-ˈgrōs \

Definition of engross for Students

engrossed; engrossing
: to take the attention of completely
  • He was engrossed in a book.

Law Dictionary

engross

transitive verb en·gross \ in-ˈgrōs \

legal Definition of engross

: 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 engrossed
  • Congressional Record
— see also engrossed bill at bill 1 — compare enroll
Note: 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.

engrossment

noun

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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