transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French engrosser to put (a legal document) in final form, from Medieval Latin ingrossare, from in grossam (put) into final form, literally, (written) in large (letter) Date: 15th century 1. a. to copy or write in a large hand b. to prepare the usually final handwritten or printed text of (an official document) 2. [Middle English, from Anglo-French engrosser, from en gros wholesale, in quantity] a. to purchase large quantities of (as for speculation) b. archaic amass, collect c. to take or engage the whole attention of ; occupy completely <
ideas that have engrossed the minds of scholars for generations
engrosser noun

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  • engross — en·gross /in grōs/ vt [Anglo French engrosser to put (a legal document) in final form, from Medieval Latin ingrossare, from in grossam (put) into final form, literally, (written) in large (letter)]: to prepare the usu. final handwritten or… …   Law dictionary

  • Engross — En*gross , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Engrossed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Engrossing}.] [F., fr. pref. en (L. in) + gros gross, grosse, n., an engrossed document: cf. OF. engrossir, engroissier, to make thick, large, or gross. See {Gross}.] 1. To make gross,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • engross — c.1400, to buy up the whole stock of (in Anglo French from c.1300), from O.Fr. en gros in bulk, in a large quantity, at wholesale, as opposed to en detail. See GROSS (Cf. gross). Figurative sense of absorb the whole attention is first attested… …   Etymology dictionary

  • engross — *monopolize, absorb, consume Analogous words: utilize, employ, *use, apply: control, manage (see CONDUCT) Contrasted words: distract, bewilder (see PUZZLE): dissipate, *scatter, disperse …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • engross — [v] hold one’s attention absorb, apply, arrest, assimilate, attract, become lost, be hung*, bewitch, busy, captivate, consume, corner, engage, engulf, enrapture, enthrall, fascinate, fill, grip, hog*, immerse, involve, monopolize, occupy,… …   New thesaurus

  • engross — ► VERB 1) (often be engrossed in) absorb all the attention of. 2) Law produce (a legal document) in its final or definitive form. ORIGIN sense 1 is from Latin in grosso wholesale ; sense 2 is from Latin ingrossare write in large letters …   English terms dictionary

  • engross — [en grōs′, in grōs′] vt. [ME engrossen < OFr engrosser, to acquire in large quantity (< en , in + gros, large < L grossus) & engroissier, to become thick < en + groisse, thickness < VL * grossia < L grossus: see GROSS] 1. a) to… …   English World dictionary

  • engross — Synonyms and related words: absorb, absorb the attention, adsorb, apply, arrest, assimilate, attract, become overweight, blot, blot up, busy, buy, buy back, buy in, buy into, buy off, buy on credit, buy up, captivate, catch, charm, chemisorb,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • engross — UK [ɪnˈɡrəʊs] / US [ɪnˈɡroʊs] verb [transitive] Word forms engross : present tense I/you/we/they engross he/she/it engrosses present participle engrossing past tense engrossed past participle engrossed if something engrosses you, you think about… …   English dictionary

  • engross — engrossedly /en groh sid lee, grohst /, adv. engrosser, n. /en grohs /, v.t. 1. to occupy completely, as the mind or attention; absorb: Their discussion engrossed his attention. She is engrossed in her work. 2. to write or copy in a clear,… …   Universalium

  • engross — en|gross [ınˈgrəus US ˈgrous] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Anglo French; Origin: engrosser, from French en gros in a mass, by wholesale ] if something engrosses you, it interests you so much that you do not notice anything else ▪ The scene was… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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