Engross Definition

engrossed, engrosses, engrossing
engrossed, engrosses, engrossing
To make a final fair copy of (esp. a legislative bill)
Webster's New World
To take the entire attention of; occupy wholly; absorb.
Engrossed in a book.
Webster's New World
To write out in large letters of a kind once used for legal documents.
Webster's New World
To write or transcribe in a large, clear hand.
American Heritage
To express formally or in legal form.
Webster's New World

Origin of Engross

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English engrossen to collect in large quantity, monopolize from Old French engrossier from en gros in large quantity en in (from Latin in in–2) gros large 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 en–1 grossa a copy in a large hand (from Late Latin grossus thick)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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