from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Occupying one's complete attention; wholly absorbing: listened to an engrossing symphony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of engross
  • adj. Utterly consuming of one's time and attention

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. capable of holding the attention completely; very interesting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. capable of arousing and holding the attention


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  • The best they could muster in the way of impeachment was the following: “However unwilling Mr. Morris may be to acknowledge the term engrossing or monopolizing, yet as he did not import the cargo, and did, in partnership with Mr. Sollekoff, get the whole into his possession, we are at a loss to find any other name, though the expedition with which he entered on the sale abates the rigorous sense generally applied to these words.”

    Robert Morris

  • Note to self: The dragon sequence in the Hobbit, though engrossing, is not very practical as a bedtime story ...

    The Hobbit

  • What makes Forbidden Lie$ engrossing is that Broinowski has gained a remarkable level of cooperation from both Khouri and her detractors.

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  • Indeed, as Om notes, these new features and an upsurge in engrossing new apps could spur mobile data usage to greater [...]

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  • Krakauer chronicles Tillman's riveting, tragic odyssey in engrossing detail highlighting his remarkable character and personality while closely examining the murky, heartbreaking circumstances of his death.

    Where Men Win Glory by Jon Krakauer: Book summary

  • So lovable are the characters and so engrossing is their world that the funny stories become a full-scale cosmic myth without losing the reader along the way.

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  • ... engrossing from the first page, and my discomfort turn to fascination as Patterson cranked up a wild ride on a roller coaster of morality, politics and emotions.

    Protect and Defend: Summary and book reviews of Protect and Defend by Richard North Patterson.

  • On the contary, the second half was strong and engrossing, which is defintely a high point that shaped up the whole movie.

    Bollywood Scores 'Hat Trick'

  • Anselm Kiefer's tragic works carry traces of humor -- Painter and sculptor Anselm Kiefer, one of the world's most sought-after contemporary artists, titled his engrossing 2010 New York gallery show "Next Year in Jerusalem," after a traditional Jewish toast.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • Compare the medieval abhorrence of "engrossing" with the modern idea that "combinations in restraint of trade" are wrong.

    Early European History


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