American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To occupy exclusively; absorb: A great novel engrosses the reader. See Synonyms at monopolize.
- v. To acquire most or all of (a commodity); monopolize (a market).
- v. To write or transcribe in a large, clear hand.
- v. To write or print the final draft of (an official document).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make large or larger; make additions to; increase in bulk or quantity.
- To make thick or gross; thicken.
- To take in the gross or in bulk; take the whole of; get sole possession of; absorb completely: with or without all.
- Specifically To monopolize the supply of, or the supplies in; get entire possession or control of, for the purpose of raising prices and enhancing profits: as, to engross the importations of tea; to engross the market for wheat.
- To occupy wholly; take up or employ entirely, to the exclusion of other things: as, business engrosses his attention or thoughts; to be engrossed in study.
- To write out in a fair large hand or in a formal or prescribed manner for preservation, as a public document or record. The engrossing of documents was formerly executed in England, and for some purposes till a late period, in a peculiar hand, called the engrossing-hand, derived from the ancient court-hand, nearly illegible to all but experts. The engrossing-hand of the present day is a fair round hand, purposely made as legible as possible. The engrossing of testimonials and other commemorative documents is often a work of much art involving the employment of ornamental characters of various forms, and sometimes also of elaborate adornment, and a studied arrangement for effective display.
- Synonyms and Swallow up, Engulf, etc. (see absorb); to lay hold of, monopolize.
- v. transitive To write (a document) in large, aesthetic, and legible lettering; to make a finalized copy of.
- v. transitive, business, obsolete To buy up wholesale, especially to buy the whole supply of (a commodity etc.).
- v. transitive To monopolize; to concentrate (something) in the single possession of someone, especially unfairly.
- v. transitive To completely engage the attention of.
- v. transitive, obsolete To thicken; to condense.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To make gross, thick, or large; to thicken; to increase in bulk or quantity.
- v. obsolete To amass.
- v. To copy or write in a large hand (
en gross, i. e., in large); to write a fair copy of in distinct and legible characters.
- v. To seize in the gross; to take the whole of; to occupy the attention completely; to absorb.
- v. To purchase either the whole or large quantities of, for the purpose of enhancing the price and making a profit; hence, to take or assume in undue quantity, proportion, or degree
- v. consume all of one's attention or time
- v. devote (oneself) fully to
- From Middle English engrossen, from Anglo-Norman engrosser ("to gather in large quantities, draft something in final form"); partly from the phrase en gros ("in bulk, in quantity, at wholesale"), from en- + gros; and partly from Medieval Latin ingrossō ("thicken, write something large and in bold lettering", v.), from in- + grossus ("great, big, thick"), from Old High German grōz ("big, thick, coarse"), from Proto-Germanic *grautaz (“large, great, thick, coarse grained, unrefined”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghrewə- (“to fell, put down, fall in”). More at in-, gross. (Wiktionary)
- 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). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If we add that he did not merely "engross," but that he liberally shared his acquisitions with others, we shall perhaps best describe his special place and work in the world of letters.”
“The movie managed to engross a room full of kids from one end to the other — and me, too.”
“I loved the journey the main characters were on, Daniel, Rupert and Emma were spot on, but the story line did not compel, engross, capture and direct our minds through this riveting story.”
“I assume, for example, that the House could not constitutionally delegate to the Clerk or Speaker the authority to engross a bill that had not been specifically approved by the body (whether raising the debt level or doing anything else).”
“Movies still have more money to spend and continue to push the envelope, but since the 1930s screening of King Kong it's clear that simply adequate special effects coupled with a good story are sufficient to engross audiences.”
“But if you like to watch beautiful images and at the same time engross yourself in a masterful world, at times unexpectedly keeping you at the edge of your seat, I recommend Black Swan as one of the best films of 2010, sure to be an Oscar contender in major categories.”
“A few weeks later a merchant in Maine reported that politics seemed “to engross the attention of all classes of people.””
“Nonfiction for younger children tends to lean more heavily on illustration than on prose, reasonably enough, and there is plenty to engross in "Peter Kent's City Across Time" Kingfisher, 48 pages, $16.99 , which came out in May.”
“It sounds like it's going to engross readers into actually thinking and putting things together for themselves.”
“I assume, for example, that the House could not constitutionally delegate to the Clerk or Speaker the authority to engross a bill that had not been specifically approved by the body whether raising the debt level or doing anything else.”
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