Next to her was Justice Samuel Alito, who seemed to be engrossed in reading the entire time.
Bridge players appear to me to be far too engrossed in bickering and fault-finding to worry about immorality and laxity.
The idea became rooted in his mind, and engrossed his thoughts.
Then without a word, as he saw that the generals were engrossed in a conference, he withdrew.
Business has not, however, engrossed the whole of Mr. Beckwith's time and talents.
His attention was engrossed in the amazing and terrifying performances of the pike.
But Rodenard talked on, engrossed in his theme to the exclusion of all else.
But all her attention was engrossed on her son, whom she saw at one of the tables, staking his last napoleon.
So engrossed had I been that I had never heard his soft approach over the turf.
It must not be imagined, however, that the kings of France engrossed all virtue of this kind.
c.1400, "to buy up the whole stock of" (in Anglo-French from c.1300), from Old French en gros "in bulk, in a large quantity, at wholesale," as opposed to en detail. See gross.
Figurative sense of "absorb the whole attention" is first attested 1709. A parallel engross, meaning "to write (something) in large letters," is from Anglo-French engrosser, from Old French en gros "in large (letters)." Related: Engrossed; engrossing.