en·gross | \in-ˈgrōs, en-\
engrossed; engrossing; engrosses

Definition of engross 

transitive verb

1a : 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

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Other Words from engross

engrosser noun

Examples of engross in a Sentence

a mystery story that will engross readers all the way to the surprise ending

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The writing is very direct but still managed to capture my emotions and keep me engrossed in the story. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Adventure Books, According to Bookworms," 31 May 2018 Aside from a few snoozers, the essential ingredient for engrossing sporting spectacle — uncertainty — triumphed. John Leicester, chicagotribune.com, "Is this the best-ever World Cup?," 29 June 2018 Too long neglected by historians, the campaigners who swarmed Tennessee’s statehouse have been splendidly served by Ms. Weiss’s engrossing narrative. Fergus M. Bordewich, WSJ, "‘The Woman’s Hour’ Review: Friends and Foes of the 19th Amendment," 21 June 2018 There's something involving Daedalus, the classical myth about a guy who becomes so engrossed by his own ingenious creations that everyone around him suffers. Sean O'neal, GQ, "The Tortured Mind Of Dan Harmon," 30 May 2018 Taka says that one second Yuudai was in tears over Ami’s shade, and the next he was totally engrossed in a video game on his phone. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "The Final Scene of This Episode of Terrace House Is a Great Piece of Television," 29 May 2018 Some drawings served as preparatory works for paintings, and this show includes several engrossing sheets covered with seven to 10 drawings apiece, as Mr. Thiebaud varied the count of pie slices or the placement of lipsticks. New York Times, "The Art of Staying Cool: 10 Can’t-Miss Summer Shows in New York," 4 July 2018 The People’s Light production, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III with keen attention to the poetry of its language, is engrossing and finally explosive. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "'Skeleton Crew' at People's Light: Human relations in the workplace during the great recession," 18 June 2018 Became engrossed in brain twisters most of which were submitted by Doc. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Service Diary of a Corpsman: Roy L. Wall, LST 509," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of engross

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for 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)

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English Language Learners Definition of engross

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


en·gross | \in-ˈgrōs \
engrossed; engrossing

Kids Definition of engross

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


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 engrossedCongressional Record — see also engrossed bill at bill sense 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.

Other Words from engross

engrossment noun

History and Etymology for 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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