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
Recent Examples on the Web Amid a social justice movement and COVID-19 pandemic that engross the nation, the term gains gravitas. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys have long embraced being ‘America’s Team.’ With a country in crisis, are they answering call off the field?," 11 Mar. 2021 His mother sang and played piano and was a big supporter, and Benet would engross himself in his detective father's extensive classical music collection. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eric Benet tells all for ALLBLK's 'A Closer Look' documentary series. Here are five takeaways.," 8 Mar. 2021 The Senate voted to engross the bills ahead of debate Tuesday, which blocked changes to the measures. Nyamekye Daniel, Washington Examiner, "Georgia Senate approves election reform package, including absentee ballot signature-match overhaul," 24 Feb. 2021 Two days is enough time to engross yourself in a curriculum, build a solid foundation, sleep on it and continue to build on that foundation the next day. Chris Mudgett, Outdoor Life, "You Just Purchased a Handgun for Personal Defense, Now What?," 1 July 2020 The intricate synergies of coffee and capitalism form the subtext of the historian Augustine Sedgewick’s thoroughly engrossing first book, Coffeeland: One Man’s Dark Empire and the Making of Our Favorite Drug. Michael Pollan, The Atlantic, "Capitalism’s Favorite Drug," 6 Apr. 2020 Both are passionate members of the local movement behind the global Million Mask Challenge, a push to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) for medical professionals around the globe engrossed in the fight against coronavirus. Nathan Brown, Indianapolis Star, "Dallara transforms local IndyCar shop for fight against COVID-19," 1 Apr. 2020 As for himself, Patricia continues to be engrossed in the endless work of being an NFL coach. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "A day in Matt Patricia's makeshift home office: Grinding tape, virtual meetings and kids," 3 May 2020 Instead of agonizing about side stitches, I was fully engrossed in the story. The Editors, Outside Online, "Everything Our Editors Loved in February," 3 Mar. 2020

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engross. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of engross

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


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.


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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