Definition of engross in English:
- Brooke rolled her eyes and deliberately turned her back to him, pretending to be suddenly engrossed in a fascinating conversation with Jane.
- Just then, a silver-haired man with dancing eyes enters the pub and he and Martyn are soon engrossed in conversation about one of his other big loves, fishing.
- Meanwhile, I was very engrossed in conversation with her and could not really be bothered with him.
- The members of the new gentry used their commercial connections and strategic land holdings to engross trade.
- However, Beckerman's lawyer engrossed the transfer/deed of land in Merry's name.
- We accept that there was no formal document engrossed as the register of units.
- The evidence from the Medical Tribunal that I could not recall was on 30 May 1994, two weeks beforehand, she had made an appointment with my solicitor to engross a new will.
Both engross and gross (Middle English) come ultimately from the Latin word grossus ‘large’. Engross comes from the Latin phrase in grosso ‘wholesale’ and originally meant ‘to buy up the whole of a commodity in order to sell it at a monopoly price’. It is also linked to Middle English grocer—originally a person who sold things ‘in the gross’ or in large quantities. See also retail
- Example sentences
- I will prepare engrossments of the Settlement Agreement and you will prepare engrossments of the Trade Mark Agreement.
- If you provide me with an engrossment, I will forward it to my clients for execution.
- The solicitor was not happy with the engrossment and the will was executed again five days later, this time witnessed by two Italian gentlemen.
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