engross

verb

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

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

a mystery story that will engross readers all the way to the surprise ending
Recent Examples on the Web In another, the pair lays together on the grass, engrossed in conversation with big smiles on their faces. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 2 July 2024 Meanwhile, her daughter is engrossed with the virtual makeup screens in the store that allow customers to try on different makeup looks and products. Hikmat Mohammed, WWD, 28 June 2024 Santander started slow, Mullins was engrossed in a brutal slump and Hays was trying to dig his way out of a 3-for-41 skid. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 20 June 2024 Listen to this article Saturday’s game at Barclays Center offered another glimpse at what this Nets team can be when engrossed at both ends of the court — at least through three quarters. C.j. Holmes, New York Daily News, 27 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for engross 

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of engross was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Engross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engross. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

engross

verb
en·​gross in-ˈgrōs How to pronounce engross (audio)
: to take up the whole interest or attention of : absorb
engrosser noun
engrossment
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noun

Legal Definition

engross

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

engrossment noun
Etymology

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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