Definition of engross in English:

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Pronunciation: /inˈɡrōs/
Pronunciation: /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
absorbing, interesting, riveting, gripping, captivating, compelling, fascinating, intriguing, enthralling, engaging
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.
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.


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

  • 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

Words that rhyme with engross

adiós, chausses, Close, Davos, dose, gross, Grosz, jocose, morose, Rhos, verbose

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Syllabification: en·gross

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