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  • adj. Contraction of engrossed.


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  • By this period of her career, Haywood was claiming to be a reformed character and, in the guise of her authorial persona, admitted in the opening instalment of The Female Spectator, that 'My Life, for some Years, was a continued Round of what I then called Pleasure, and my whole Time engross'd by a Hurry of promiscuous Diversions'.

    Eliza Haywood (c.1693-1756)

  • When an ancient printer died, and his copies were exposed to sale, few or none of the young ones were of ability to deal for them, nor indeed for any other, so that the Booksellers have engross'd almost all. '

    A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898

  • He says 'that it were a hard matter to pick out twenty master printers, who are both free of the trade, of ability to manage it, and of integrity to be entrusted with it, most of the honester sort being impoverished by the late times, and the great business of the press being engross'd by Oliver's creatures.'

    A Short History of English Printing, 1476-1898

  • Your farm, profits, crops, -- to think how engross'd

    Leaves of Grass [1867]

  • Your farm, profits, crops -- to think how engross'd you are,

    Leaves of Grass

  • But Edgeworths, Smiths, and Radcliffes so engross'd

    The Borough

  • The morning being pretty well advanc'd, we got to breakfast; and the ice now broke, my heart, no longer engross'd by love, began to take ease, and to please itself with such trifles as Mr. H ... 's liberal liking led him to make his court to the usual vanity of our sex.

    Fanny Hill, Part IV (first letter)

  • But I soon had my eyes called off by a more striking object, that entirely engross'd them.

    Fanny Hill, Part II (first letter)

  • But my attention was too much engross'd, too much enwrapp'd with all I saw, to be able to give her any answer.

    Fanny Hill, Part II (first letter)

  • The Company then ask'd me, if they could do any Thing more to make JOB easy; and upon my Desire, they order'd, that Mr. Oglethorpe's Bond should be cancelled, which was presently done, and that JOB should have his Freedom in Form, which he received handsomely engross'd with the Company's Seal affixed; after which the full Sum of the whole

    Some memoirs of the life of Job : the son of Solomon, the high priest of Boonda in Africa,


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