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tr.v. en·grossed, en·gross·ing, en·gross·es
1. To occupy exclusively; absorb: a novel that engrosses every reader.
2. 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).

[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·gross′er n.
en·gross′ment n.
Synonyms: engross, absorb, consume, preoccupy
These verbs mean to possess or control exclusively: Her reading engrosses her. Studying absorbs all my time. Fear has consumed her. Financial worries preoccupied him.


vb (tr)
1. to occupy one's attention completely; absorb
2. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) to write or copy (manuscript) in large legible handwriting
3. (Law) law to write or type out formally (a deed, agreement, or other document) preparatory to execution
4. (Economics) another word for corner21b
[C14 (in the sense: to buy up wholesale): from Old French en gros in quantity; C15 (in the sense: to write in large letters): probably from Medieval Latin ingrossāre; both from Latin grossus thick, gross]
enˈgrossed adj
engrossedly adv
enˈgrosser n



1. to occupy completely, as the mind or attention; absorb: She is engrossed in her work.
2. to write or copy in a clear, attractive, large script or in a formal manner, as a public document or record: to engross a deed.
3. to acquire large quantities of (a commodity) so as to control the market; monopolize.
[1275–1325; Middle English: to gather in large quantities < Medieval Latin ingrossāre to write large < Anglo-French, Middle French en gros in quantity < Latin in + grossus]
en•gross′er, n.


Past participle: engrossed
Gerund: engrossing

I engross
you engross
he/she/it engrosses
we engross
you engross
they engross
I engrossed
you engrossed
he/she/it engrossed
we engrossed
you engrossed
they engrossed
Present Continuous
I am engrossing
you are engrossing
he/she/it is engrossing
we are engrossing
you are engrossing
they are engrossing
Present Perfect
I have engrossed
you have engrossed
he/she/it has engrossed
we have engrossed
you have engrossed
they have engrossed
Past Continuous
I was engrossing
you were engrossing
he/she/it was engrossing
we were engrossing
you were engrossing
they were engrossing
Past Perfect
I had engrossed
you had engrossed
he/she/it had engrossed
we had engrossed
you had engrossed
they had engrossed
I will engross
you will engross
he/she/it will engross
we will engross
you will engross
they will engross
Future Perfect
I will have engrossed
you will have engrossed
he/she/it will have engrossed
we will have engrossed
you will have engrossed
they will have engrossed
Future Continuous
I will be engrossing
you will be engrossing
he/she/it will be engrossing
we will be engrossing
you will be engrossing
they will be engrossing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been engrossing
you have been engrossing
he/she/it has been engrossing
we have been engrossing
you have been engrossing
they have been engrossing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been engrossing
you will have been engrossing
he/she/it will have been engrossing
we will have been engrossing
you will have been engrossing
they will have been engrossing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been engrossing
you had been engrossing
he/she/it had been engrossing
we had been engrossing
you had been engrossing
they had been engrossing
I would engross
you would engross
he/she/it would engross
we would engross
you would engross
they would engross
Past Conditional
I would have engrossed
you would have engrossed
he/she/it would have engrossed
we would have engrossed
you would have engrossed
they would have engrossed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.engross - devote (oneself) fully to; "He immersed himself into his studies"
immerse, plunge - cause to be immersed; "The professor plunged his students into the study of the Italian text"
focus, pore, rivet, center, centre, concentrate - direct one's attention on something; "Please focus on your studies and not on your hobbies"
drink in, drink - be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to; "The mother drinks in every word of her son on the stage"
2.engross - consume all of one's attention or time; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
involve - occupy or engage the interest of; "His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
consume - engage fully; "The effort to pass the exam consumed all his energy"
rivet - hold (someone's attention); "The discovery of the skull riveted the paleontologists"
interest - excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of


1. To occupy the full attention of:
2. To form letters, characters, or words on a surface with an instrument:


[ɪnˈgrəʊs] VT
1. [+ attention, person] → absorber
2. (Jur) → copiar


vt person, attentiongefangen nehmen; to become engrossed in one’s book/one’s worksich in sein Buch/seine Arbeit vertiefen; to be engrossed in one’s (own) thoughts/in conversationin Gedanken/ins Gespräch vertieft sein
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