- 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.
- 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 of engrossMiddle English engrossen ; from Old French engrosser, to acquire in large quantity (; from en-, in + gros, large ; from Classical Latin grossus) and amp; engroissier, to become thick ; from en- + groisse, thickness ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form grossia ; from Classical Latin grossus: see gross
transitive verben·grossed, en·gross·ing, en·gross·es
- To occupy exclusively; absorb: a novel that engrosses every reader.
- 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 of engrossMiddle 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).
(third-person singular simple present engrosses, present participle engrossing, simple past and past participle engrossed)
- (now law) To write (a document) in large, aesthetic, and legible lettering; to make a finalized copy of.
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
- some period long past, when clerks engrossed their stiff and formal chirography on more substantial materials
- De Quincey
- laws that may be engrossed on a finger nail
- Nathaniel Hawthorne
- To monopolize; to concentrate (something) in the single possession of someone, especially unfairly.
- To completely engage the attention of.
- She seems to be completely engrossed in that book.
- To make gross, thick, or large; to thicken; to increase in bulk or quantity.
From Middle English engrossen, from Anglo-Norman engrosser (“to gather in large quantities, draft something in final form”); partly from the phrase en gros (“in bulk, in quantity, at wholesale”), from en- + gros; and partly from Medieval Latin ingrossō (“thicken, write something large and in bold lettering”, v.), from in- + grossus (“great, big, thick”), from Old High German grōz (“big, thick, coarse”), from Proto-Germanic *grautaz (“large, great, thick, coarse grained, unrefined”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrewə- (“to fell, put down, fall in”). More at in-, gross.
engross - Legal Definition