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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.


1. (Law) a deed or other document that has been engrossed
2. the state of being engrossed


(ɛnˈgroʊs mənt)

1. the act of engrossing.
2. the state of being engrossed or absorbed.


1. a document or other piece of writing in a large, bold hand.
2. a formal document, as a proclamation, suitably written in a calligraphic hand and often illuminated. — engrosser, n.
See also: Writing
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.engrossment - complete attentionengrossment - complete attention; intense mental effort
attention - the faculty or power of mental concentration; "keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention"
centering, focus, focusing, focussing, focal point, direction - the concentration of attention or energy on something; "the focus of activity shifted to molecular biology"; "he had no direction in his life"
specialism - the concentration of your efforts on a particular field of study or occupation
study - a state of deep mental absorption; "she is in a deep study"
2.engrossment - the mental state of being preoccupied by somethingengrossment - the mental state of being preoccupied by something
cognitive state, state of mind - the state of a person's cognitive processes
abstractedness, abstraction - preoccupation with something to the exclusion of all else
absentmindedness - preoccupation so great that the ordinary demands on attention are ignored
3.engrossment - the quality of being intent and concentrated; "the intentness of his gaze"
assiduity, assiduousness, concentration - great and constant diligence and attention


Total occupation of the attention or of the mind:
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The conflict was just too involved, and initially removed from western engrossment that only few knew what to think.
The processes of eighteenth-century agrarian capitalism did not cease with the enclosure of Brightwalton in 1721, and it is difficult not to equate the decline of morris dancing there with William (IV) Savory's remarks regarding the subsequent engrossment of land within the Manor Farm and the disappearance of freeholders and life-hold estates.
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NNA - The artillery of Hezbollah is supposed to support the Lebanese state in the framework of a defence strategy lead by the LAF, said Amine Gemayel Sunday as he wondered at the odd actions of the Islamic Resistance and cautioned that Hezbollah's engrossment in Syria has placed it and Lebanon in great peril.
4) and contrasts this with anthropology's enduring and multifaceted engrossment with witches.
Bradley writing in 1886: 'Any function whatever of the body or the mind will be active attention if it is prompted by an interest and brings about the result of our engrossment with its product.
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In fact, the films' engrossment with political features can help intersect any governmental boundaries China may face in trying to spread its power (Teo, 2011).
But Koppelman is nonetheless onto something: the state does redistribute wealth upward in a wide variety of ways, from massive theft and land engrossment to intellectual property privileges to subsidies to bailouts to licensing rules to building codes to zoning regulations to sales taxes to limits on access to land and capital-all tend to make and keep people poor.
Containing 38 illustrations, this collection of Desmazieres' exquisite rare etchings in color accompanied by Mauries' text explore the engrossment Browne and other collectors have had with accumulating recondite objects and how these curiosities have entered the mainstream, becoming emblems of the vanity of earthly life and the constraints of mortality.
18 (noting further that the findings in the preamble of a joint resolution "are amendable after engrossment and prior to third reading of the joint resolution").