en·​gross·​ing | \in-ˈgrō-siŋ, en-\

Definition of engrossing 

: taking up the attention completely : absorbing

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Other Words from engrossing

engrossingly \ in-​ˈgrō-​siŋ-​lē , en-​ \ adverb

Examples of engrossing in a Sentence

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

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The podcast is known for its attention to detail and engrossing narratives. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "3 Golden State Killer Podcasts That Go Deep on the Case," 27 Apr. 2018 The Seattle Times’ visual exploration of the collection is wholly engrossing. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Philly fights summer hunger, school district plans massive cleanup | Morning Newsletter," 21 June 2018 The upgrades to the film, including the digital treatment of the music and the animation, have rendered Yellow Submarine into a much sharper and more engrossing experience. Steve Marinucci, Billboard, "Restorer of Beatles Film 'Yellow Submarine' Talks 'State of the Art' Version Coming to Big Screen For 50th Anniversary," 9 July 2018 In the engrossing West Cork, about the 1996 murder in Ireland of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plantier, four accents in English jostle for dominance—and, with them, worldviews. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "Seduce Me! The Untainted Sweet Sounds of Accent-Riddled Podcasts," 1 June 2018 Yet the quiet story remains engrossing, by turns gently humorous and pathetic, mundane and poignant. Olga Grushin, New York Times, "Portrait of the Artist as a Complete Jerk," 11 Apr. 2018 However, it’s Amal’s dedication to social causes that might be the most engrossing part of the profile. Cady Lang, Time, "Amal Clooney Calls for Gun Control: 'This Doesn’t Happen in Other Developed Countries'," 10 Apr. 2018 So here’s a quick overview of what made the past two weeks so engrossing and memorable. Brian Straus, SI.com, "The World Cup of Chaos: Looking Back on a Group Stage for the Ages," 29 June 2018 Part love story, part supernatural thriller and completely engrossing. Sam Gillette, PEOPLE.com, "Jimmy Fallon Starts His Very Own Summer Book Club – and We're All Invited to Join," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of engrossing

1749, in the meaning defined above

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