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

Definition of engrossing

: taking up the attention completely : absorbing

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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 He’s way too controversial and engrossing — and maybe hilarious?! Andy Hoglund, EW.com, 25 Oct. 2020 But put aside this thematic jujitsu and what remains is an engrossing, lively and expertly crafted courtroom drama filled with colorful characters and having significant resonance for the present. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Happily, a big, engrossing, 1981 environmental sculpture of a suburban tinkerer’s garage by McMillen has been reassembled for the occasion. Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2021 That idea gets an engrossing treatment in Being Wrong, Kathryn Schulz’s 2010 ode to error. The Atlantic Culture Desk, The Atlantic, 28 May 2021 And on May 18, 2021, the author returns with another engrossing book — which has already received praise from Lauren Groff, among others. Seija Rankin, EW.com, 19 Nov. 2020 The film runs 117 minutes, and that middle 35 minutes either doesn’t impact the plot or makes the film less engrossing and almost laughably complicated for no overreaching value. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 6 May 2021 If anything, the moments of character development become more engrossing and seem more important because there’s a mystery to them. Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture, 30 Apr. 2021 But not seeing the actors only makes the story more engrossing. Chris Hewitt, Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of engrossing

1749, in the meaning defined above

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“Engrossing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engrossing. Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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