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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 banyan and the artist occupy centre background, with diverse and fragmented picturesque themes displayed as paintings around them on the wall; the foreground is occupied by Polier and his other friends in varied quotidian engrossments.
Pitch Dark Anarchy succeeds when Horton's conceptual engrossments complement and are amplified by his signature attention to detail and mise-enscene.
Taking sudden leave of this scene of Maas' creative production, weaving subway tracks give transport to Coney Island where a frolic at the beach distills the engrossments of leisure and entertainment activities.