engrossment

noun

en·​gross·​ment in-ˈgrō-smənt How to pronounce engrossment (audio)
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1
: the act of engrossing
2
: the state of being absorbed or occupied : preoccupation

Examples of engrossment in a Sentence

my engrossment in the video game made me lose track of time
Recent Examples on the Web Humanity's engrossment with giant underwater creatures has spawned an entire subgenre of books and movies. Nikolas Lanum, Fox News, 5 Aug. 2023 Mixed and even negative opinions can serve as control rods for the fission of overly pious engrossment. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021 Religion reminded a commercially minded people about the things of the spirit and prevented them from succumbing to an excessive engrossment in material things. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, 23 Sep. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of engrossment was in 1526

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“Engrossment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/engrossment. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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