Definition of engross in English:


Syllabification: en·gross
Pronunciation: /inˈɡrōs
, enˈɡrōs


[with object]
1Absorb all the attention or interest of: the notes totally engrossed him
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  • 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.
absorbed in, involved in, interested in, engaged in, occupied by/with, preoccupied by/with, immersed in, caught up in, riveted by, gripped by, rapt in, fascinated by/with, intent on, captivated by, enthralled by/with, intrigued by/with
informal unputdownable
1.1 archaic Gain or keep exclusive possession of (something): the country had made the best of its position to engross trade
[from Old French en gros, from medieval Latin in grosso 'wholesale']
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  • The members of the new gentry used their commercial connections and strategic land holdings to engross trade.
2 Law Produce (a legal document) in its final or definitive form.
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  • 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.


late Middle English (formerly also as ingross): based on en-1, in-2 'in' + late Latin grossus 'large'.



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  • 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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