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 engrossingly (audio) , en-​ \ adverb

Examples of engrossing in a Sentence

an engrossing lecture on Native American culture before the arrival of Europeans

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With lyrical and fearless language, Ilya Kaminsky has written an engrossing page-turner that challenges society’s silence, and celebrates the power of community in the face of violent atrocities. Sarah Neilson, The Seattle Times, "Ilya Kaminsky’s ‘Deaf Republic’ challenges and incites," 29 Mar. 2019 Figuring out all of those connections is what makes the game so engrossing. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The grisly mystery of Return of the Obra Dinn will make you obsessed," 18 Oct. 2018 Though the speakers’ opinions are engrossing, no less so is the manner of expression of each one of them, from d’Alembert, who rambles on like a science-fiction-style mad scientist, to Mlle de Lespinasse, with her candid, searching questions. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 This isn’t exactly the happiest of books, but Kameron Hurley’s standalone space opera is a bold, engrossing read that made our 2017 best novels list. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle," 29 Dec. 2018 One of the most extraordinary films of the year is Minding the Gap, which starts out as an engrossing documentary about a group of young people in Rockford, Illinois, who skateboard and grow up together. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The 21 best movies of 2018," 14 Dec. 2018 In fact, my phone—the Palm, a new device from a new company that picked up an old name—is supposed to be the antidote to all those bigger, more engrossing phones. David Pierce, WSJ, "Gadgets Won’t Save Us From Our Gadgets," 11 Nov. 2018 But her new book The Witch Elm — a richly engrossing mystery, and her first novel that doesn’t take place within the Dublin Murder Squad series — is about systemic social power more broadly, about privilege. Constance Grady, Vox, "Crime novelist Tana French is at her creepy, thoughtful best with The Witch Elm," 12 Oct. 2018 Her digital renderings of arcades, spas and beachy motels are completely engrossing with their almost-real textures, slick lines and myriad reflections of lights. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "Artists at Winston Wächter gallery construct enticing ‘Summer Dreams’," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of engrossing

1749, in the meaning defined above

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a strong desire or propensity

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