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engross

Line breaks: en|gross
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈɡrəʊs
 
, ɛn-/

Definition of engross in English:

verb

[with object]
1 (often be engrossed in) Absorb all the attention or interest of: they seemed to be engrossed in conversation the notes totally engrossed him (as adjective engrossing) the most engrossing parts of the book
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
1.1 archaic Gain or keep exclusive possession of: the country had made the best of its position to engross trade
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, especially a deed or statute) in its final form: the solicitors will submit a draft conveyance and engross the same after approval
More 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.
Synonyms
print out the final version of, rewrite/reproduce in larger/final form

Origin

late Middle English (formerly also as ingross): based on en-1, in-2 'in' + late Latin grossus 'large'. Sense 1 is from Old French en gros, from medieval Latin in grosso 'wholesale'; sense 2 comes from Anglo-Norman French engrosser, medieval Latin ingrossare, from Old French grosse, medieval Latin grossa 'large writing', with reference to clerks writing out documents in large, clear writing.

Derivatives

engrossingly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The film remains on-target until the very last scene, and it's engrossingly entertaining.
  • This is a book that had to be written, and only Susan could do it so brilliantly and engrossingly.
  • It’s hilariously funny, engrossingly action-packed - especially in the second half of the film - and incredibly well done.

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