- To engross is defined as to take all of someone's attention.
When a book is fascinating and takes all your attention, this is an example of when you engross yourself in the book.
engross definition by Webster's New World
- to write out in large letters of a kind once used for legal documents
- to make a final fair copy of (esp. a legislative bill)
- to express formally or in legal form
- to take the entire attention of; occupy wholly; absorb: engrossed in a book
- to buy all of so as to monopolize
- to take or require all of
Origin: Middle English engrossen ; from Old French engrosser, to acquire in large quantity (; from en-, in plush gros, large ; from Classical Latin grossus) and amp; engroissier, to become thick ; from en- plush groisse, thickness ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form grossia ; from Classical Latin grossus: see gross
engross definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb en·grossed, en·gross·ing, en·gross·es
- To occupy exclusively; absorb: A great novel engrosses the reader. See Synonyms at monopolize.
- To acquire most or all of (a commodity); monopolize (a market).
- a. To write or transcribe in a large, clear hand.b. To write or print the final draft of (an official document).
Origin: Middle English engrossen, to collect in large quantity, monopolize, from Old French engrossier, from en gros, in large quantity : en, in (from Latin in; see in-2) + gros, large; see gross . Sense 3, from Middle English engrossen, to make a finished copy of a legal document, from Anglo-Norman engrosser, from Medieval Latin ingrossāre : Latin in-, in; see en-1 + grossa, a copy in a large hand (from Late Latin grossus, thick).
- en·grossˈer noun
- en·grossˈment noun
engross - Legal Definition