en·​gross·​ing in-ˈgrō-siŋ How to pronounce engrossing (audio)
: taking up the attention completely : absorbing
engrossingly adverb

Examples of engrossing in a Sentence

an engrossing lecture on Native American culture before the arrival of Europeans
Recent Examples on the Web Throughout his narrative, his engrossing mixture of closeup witness and broad-view sociology calls to mind the late Howard S. Becker’s insistence that the best sociology is always, in the first instance, wide-angle reporting. The New Yorker, 12 June 2024 Is there a novel that’s taken you so far out of yourself, been so engrossing, that it’s been strange to return to yourself, to reality? Hazlitt, 12 June 2024 But when the cabinet decided on war, Yamamoto developed a brilliant attack plan and executed it nearly flawlessly, in maneuvers that Melber describes in engrossing detail. Andrew J. Nathan, Foreign Affairs, 10 June 2024 Pulitzer Prize-winning Staff Photographer Christina House spearheaded the project’s engrossing portraits. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for engrossing 

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Word History

First Known Use

1749, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of engrossing was in 1749

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“Engrossing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engrossing. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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