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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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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