engross

[en-grohs]
verb (used with object)
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, attractive, large script or in a formal manner, as a public document or record: to engross a deed.
3.
to acquire the whole of (a commodity), in order to control the market; monopolize.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English engros(s)en to gather in large quantities, draft (a will, etc.) in final form < Anglo-French engrosser, partly < Medieval Latin ingrossāre to thicken, write large and thick (Latin in- in-2 + gross(us) thick + -āre infinitive suffix); partly < Anglo-French, Middle French en gros in quantity, wholesale < Latin in + grossus; see gross

engrossedly [en-groh-sid-lee, -grohst-] , adverb
engrosser, noun
reengross, verb (used with object)
self-engrossed, adjective
unengrossed, adjective


1. involve, immerse, engage.
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engross (ɪnˈɡrəʊs)
 
vb
1.  to occupy one's attention completely; absorb
2.  to write or copy (manuscript) in large legible handwriting
3.  law to write or type out formally (a deed, agreement, or other document) preparatory to execution
4.  another word for corner
 
[C14 (in the sense: to buy up wholesale): from Old French en gros in quantity; C15 (in the sense: to write in large letters): probably from Medieval Latin ingrossāre; both from Latin grossus thick, gross]
 
en'grossed
 
adj
 
engrossedly
 
adv
 
en'grosser
 
n

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engross
c.1300, from O.Fr. en gros "in bulk, in a large quantity, at wholesale," as opposed to en detail. Figurative sense of "absorb the whole attention" is first attested 1709. A parallel engross, meaning "to write (something) in large letters," is from Anglo-Fr. engrosser, from O.Fr. en gros "in large (letters)."
Related: Engrossed; engrossing.
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Example sentences
His duties called him elsewhere, and would engross all his energies until the rebellion is put down.
Each house employed a clerk to keep minutes and to engross copies of the laws.
It may engross a vast, unknown, and perhaps unknowable area.
But such sports should not engross all our time to the exclusion of useful employment.
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