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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But there’s a reason Pixar revisited the film with a (much less engrossing) prequel: Mike and Sulley are as classic a pair of best friends as Buzz Lightyear and Woody. Allegra Frank, Vox, "All 21 Pixar movies, definitively ranked," 27 June 2019 The engrossing play is in its final week at City Lights Theater in San Jose. Randy Mcmullen, The Mercury News, "Father’s Day 2019: Here are 15 special outings in the SF Bay Area," 11 June 2019 Expect the unexpected at Bisbee Pride Now in its 15th year, the annual celebration has grown from a small group of friends picnicking in the park to an all-encompassing, engrossing incentive to head down south. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "15th annual Bisbee Pride offers a refreshing alternative to big-city events," 10 June 2019 This is what makes Seo’s book so engrossing: it is filled with riveting, deeply researched accounts of interactions between drivers and cops back when the rules governing such incidents were still hazy. The New Yorker, "What We’re Reading This Summer," 4 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of engrossing

1749, in the meaning defined above

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