Definition of engross in English:


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


[with object]
  • 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
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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.
    copy, reproduce, type (out); print out the final version of, rewrite/reproduce in larger/final form



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  • 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.


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.

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