• WordNet 3.6
    • v engross consume all of one's attention or time "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
    • v engross devote (oneself) fully to "He immersed himself into his studies"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Engross To amass. "To engross up glorious deeds on my behalf."
    • Engross To copy or write in a large hand (en grossi. e., in large); to write a fair copy of in distinct and legible characters; as, to engross a deed or like instrument on parchment. "Some period long past, when clerks engrossed their stiff and formal chirography on more substantial materials.""Laws that may be engrossed on a finger nail."
    • Engross To make gross, thick, or large; to thicken; to increase in bulk or quantity. "Waves . . . engrossed with mud.""Not sleeping, to engross his idle body."
    • Engross To purchase either the whole or large quantities of, for the purpose of enhancing the price and making a profit; hence, to take or assume in undue quantity, proportion, or degree; as, to engross commodities in market; to engross power.
    • Engross To seize in the gross; to take the whole of; to occupy the attention completely; to absorb; as, the subject engrossed all his thoughts.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • engross To make large or larger; make additions to; increase in bulk or quantity.
    • engross To make thick or gross; thicken.
    • engross To take in the gross or in bulk; take the whole of; get sole possession of; absorb completely: with or without all.
    • engross Specifically To monopolize the supply of, or the supplies in; get entire possession or control of, for the purpose of raising prices and enhancing profits: as, to engross the importations of tea; to engross the market for wheat.
    • engross To occupy wholly; take up or employ entirely, to the exclusion of other things: as, business engrosses his attention or thoughts; to be engrossed in study.
    • engross To write out in a fair large hand or in a formal or prescribed manner for preservation, as a public document or record. The engrossing of documents was formerly executed in England, and for some purposes till a late period, in a peculiar hand, called the engrossing-hand, derived from the ancient court-hand, nearly illegible to all but experts. The engrossing-hand of the present day is a fair round hand, purposely made as legible as possible. The engrossing of testimonials and other commemorative documents is often a work of much art involving the employment of ornamental characters of various forms, and sometimes also of elaborate adornment, and a studied arrangement for effective display.
    • engross Synonyms and Swallow up, Engulf, etc. (see absorb); to lay hold of, monopolize.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Engross en-grōs′ to occupy wholly, monopolise: to absorb: to copy a writing in a large hand or in distinct characters: to write in legal form: to make gross
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  • Edward Frederic Benson
    Edward Frederic Benson
    “When one is happy there is no time to be fatigued; being happy engrosses the whole attention.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. pref. en-,L. in,) + gros, gross, grosse, n., an engrossed document: cf. OF. engrossir, engroissier, to make thick, large, or gross. See Gross
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From Fr. en gros, in large—L. in, in, grossus, large. See Gross.


In literature:

To-day, however, he was too engrossed in his own affairs to get much satisfaction from it.
"Christopher Hibbault, Roadmaker" by Marguerite Bryant
Laetitia wasn't going to deny Dr. Vereker, evidently, or else there really was something very engrossing about her G string.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
Behind the black memory of that hour of anguish rose up another memory which engrossed all her thoughts.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
The story of the Stock Exchange manipulations was never more vividly and engrossingly told.
"The Third Degree" by Charles Klein and Arthur Hornblow
She then turned to Bob, but he had become engrossed with a neighbor on the subject of crops.
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
Deeply engrossing as a novel, pure in style, and practically faultless as a literary work.
"The White Lie" by William Le Queux
Stanley was engrossed in a different way.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
If you trained with the minority you were rather sure, sooner or later, to have your name engrossed on a warrant.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
In the Legislature they serve as librarians, journal, enrolling and engrossing clerks and stenographers.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
Fred had brought home two college chums, and for the first fortnight was deeply engrossed.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas

In poetry:

We don't know if he is frightened.
But he stays, he is engrossed,
and, facing his reflection,
transports himself somewhere else.
"Telling You All" by Rainer Maria Rilke
'Tis just that God should not be dear
Where self engrosses all the thought,
And groans and murmurs make it clear,
Whatever else is loved, the Lord is not.
"Divine Love Endures No Rival" by William Cowper
So engrossed was the Butcher, he heeded them not,
As he wrote with a pen in each hand,
And explained all the while in a popular style
Which the Beaver could well understand.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Fleeter than these, their hues are lost,
Their fragrance as a spirit fled."
Then, like a wind, the voice was dead.
In other flow'rs of dream engrossed,
I left those dreams unharvested;
"The Garden Of Dreams" by Clark Ashton Smith
What baby wants, that baby has—
A law unalterable as
The poor shall serve the rich:
They are beyond her reach—almost!
She kneels, she strains, and, too engrossed,
Topples into the ditch.
"The Child-Mother" by George MacDonald
Who loves himself to great excess,
You'll grant must love his neighbour less;
When self engrosses all the heart
How can another have a part?
Then if self-love most men enthrall,
A neighbour's share is none at all.
"The Impossibility Conquered : Or, Love Your Neighbour As Yourself." by Hannah More

In news:

A prosaic cop and a professor nicknamed "Detective Galileo" star in an engrossing Japanese take on Holmes and Watson.
KELVIN MAZARA, a seventh grader at the Edison School in Union City, N.J. Could not have appeared more engrossed in the morning's assignment.
Jill Lepore deserves a Laurel for her engrossing tale of how political communications came to be so toxic.
Season two promises to be an engrossing grab for power.
A sexy and engrossing read, this book tells the tale of one of the most enthralling love affairs in the history of literature—but you'll have to decide for yourself which couple is involved.
National Book Award–winner Kozol (The Shame of the Nation) again traces the workings of "savage inequalities"—this time on a generational timescale—in this engrossing chronicle of lives blighted and redeemed.
Night Shyamalan's The Sixth Sense materializes on the screen as an effectively understated and moodily engrossing ghost film with a surprisingly satisfying jolt at the end.
While in art class, all of the students were engrossed in their task: creating realistic bird paintings in their local habitats.
Wrestling was a sport Victoria Nevarez didn't want to be around for much of her childhood despite having a father engrossed in the sport.
'A Royal Affair' is an engrossing portrait of 18th-century Denmark .
" Diablo III" is engrossing and visually impressive but hampered by technical glitches.
Roberta Smith calls the exhibit "completely engrossing yet sadly flawed.".
But, at 83, the retired photographer was so engrossed in repairing his watch at his kitchen table Monday afternoon he forgot his own rule: Never open the door for strangers.
A 10-year-old walking on a subway platform in Milan, Italy while playing his handheld PSP became so engrossed in his game that he wandered right onto the train tracks.
For some it's an engrossing hobby.