Share this entry

Share this page

engross

Syllabification: en·gross
Pronunciation: /inˈɡrōs
 
, enˈɡrōs
 
/

Definition of engross in English:

verb

[with object]
1Absorb all the attention or interest of: the notes totally engrossed him
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
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']
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

engrossment

1
noun
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.

Definition of engross in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pɪət
adjective
lively; cheerful