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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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