engross

verb
en·​gross | \ in-ˈgrōs How to pronounce engross (audio) , 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 ocean deliciously roared but it was practically drowned out by a batch of college girls engrossed in taking selfies. Margaret Wappler, Orange County Register, "First Person: Finding solace and security amid the beauty of Laguna Beach," 27 July 2019 The teamwork of Miller and Liu kept the crime drama engrossing. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "‘Will & Grace,’ ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ‘Elementary’ say farewell," 26 July 2019 Mom might have been engrossed in her book, but Nana was persistent. Alison Fields, Longreads, "On, In, or Near the Sea: A Book List," 25 July 2019 As stage lights streamed through the foggy air, fans could see the passion of the band, as the musicians engrossed themselves in each song. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Brandi Carlile, Lonely Island, T-Pain and the best and worst on the side stages on Day 3," 28 June 2019 Has anywhere since so engrossed you in its ocean of details? Benjamin Taylor, Harper's magazine, "Exit Ghost," 10 Mar. 2019 On the surface, the Wilsons are just like many of us in today’s digital age: Completely disconnected from each other and engrossed in their own needs, desires, and fears. Candice Frederick, Harper's BAZAAR, "Us Offers a Terrifying Vision of Judgement Day," 26 Mar. 2019 Within minutes, he was engrossed with a grandson—Mr. Eun-young Jeong, WSJ, "A Perilous Journey to Escape Kim Jong Un’s North Korea," 20 Dec. 2018 For the rehearsal dinner, guests were engrossed in an authentic Mexican night of drinking, dancing and celebrating; a nonconventional pre-ceremony event the couple dubbed their Fiesta Blanco. Carley K, Harper's BAZAAR, "Samantha & Jonathan Glass' Oceanfront Wedding in Playa Del Carmen," 23 Mar. 2017

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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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engross

verb

English Language Learners Definition of engross

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

engross

verb
en·​gross | \ in-ˈgrōs How to pronounce engross (audio) \
engrossed; engrossing

Kids Definition of engross

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

engross

transitive verb
en·​gross | \ in-ˈgrōs How to pronounce engross (audio) \

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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