engrosser


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en·gross

 (ĕn-grōs′)
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).
3.
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.
References in classic literature ?
But although Robin laughed at the droll sight, he knew the wayfarer to be a certain rich corn engrosser of Worksop, who more than once had bought all the grain in the countryside and held it till it reached even famine prices, thus making much money from the needs of poor people, and for this he was hated far and near by everyone that knew aught of him.
So, after a while, the Corn Engrosser came riding up to where Robin sat; whereupon merry Robin stepped straightway forth, in all his rags and tatters, his bags and pouches dangling about him, and laid his hand upon the horse's bridle rein, calling upon the other to stop.
Here he took the purse of money from his breast and showed to the dazzled eyes of the Corn Engrosser the bright golden pieces.
I go to Grantham," said the Corn Engrosser, "but I shall lodge tonight at Newark, if I can get so far upon my way.
Why, as thou art an honest fellow and a rich fellow," said the Corn Engrosser, "I mind not thy company; but, in sooth, I have no great fondness for beggars.