en·​gross·​ing | \ in-ˈgrō-siŋ How to pronounce engrossing (audio) , en- \

Definition of engrossing

: taking up the attention completely : absorbing

Other Words from engrossing

engrossingly \ in-​ˈgrō-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce engrossing (audio) , en-​ \ adverb

Examples of engrossing in a Sentence

an engrossing lecture on Native American culture before the arrival of Europeans
Recent Examples on the Web This volume, it should be said up front, is not an engrossing nonfiction narrative. Marc Levinson, WSJ, 28 July 2022 Books are at the heart of this engrossing and poignant tale told by Tookie, a Native American woman living in Minneapolis. The Christian Science Monitor, 23 Aug. 2022 With an engrossing and genre-bending plot, Parasite captivates with suspenseful storytelling all throughout the film and delivers a truly intriguing take on the themes of class, violence and social inequality. Hannah Jeon, Good Housekeeping, 11 Aug. 2022 It’s yet another peak moment in what has become one of the most engrossing and unlikely mainstream runs in recent music history. cleveland, 11 Aug. 2022 Otherwise, Dream and his cohorts too often get lost in dingy darkness or wide, muddy CGI landscapes that ring too false to be truly engrossing. Caroline Framke, Variety, 5 Aug. 2022 And yet, despite a shred of story that’s told episodically, EO, which clocks in at a concise 86 minutes, can be an engrossing experience. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, 19 May 2022 There’s no better form of literary escape than an engrossing mystery. Wsj Books Staff, WSJ, 21 July 2022 Instead, the engrossing, intelligent, and utterly absorbing novel tells the story of a battle for the ownership of human consciousness, the dangers of technology, and the power of family across generations and eras. The Editors, Town & Country, 13 July 2022 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'engrossing.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of engrossing

1749, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About engrossing

Time Traveler for engrossing

Time Traveler

The first known use of engrossing was in 1749

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near engrossing




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for engrossing

Last Updated

25 Sep 2022

Cite this Entry

“Engrossing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engrossing. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on engrossing

Nglish: Translation of engrossing for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of engrossing for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Challenging Words You Should Know

  • hedgehog reading a book
  • Often used to describe “the march of time,” what does inexorable mean?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!