from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To occupy exclusively; absorb: A great novel engrosses the reader. See Synonyms at monopolize.
- transitive v. To acquire most or all of (a commodity); monopolize (a market).
- transitive v. To write or transcribe in a large, clear hand.
- transitive v. To write or print the final draft of (an official document).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To write (a document) in large, aesthetic, and legible lettering; to make a finalized copy of.
- v. To buy up wholesale, especially to buy the whole supply of (a commodity etc.).
- v. To monopolize; to concentrate (something) in the single possession of someone, especially unfairly.
- v. To completely engage the attention of.
- v. To thicken; to condense.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make gross, thick, or large; to thicken; to increase in bulk or quantity.
- transitive v. To amass.
- transitive 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.
- transitive v. To seize in the gross; to take the whole of; to occupy the attention completely; to absorb.
- transitive 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
from The 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.
- Synonyms and Swallow up, Engulf, etc. (see absorb); to lay hold of, monopolize.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. consume all of one's attention or time
- v. devote (oneself) fully to
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.