1475–85; engross + -ing2

engrossingly, adverb
nonengrossing, adjective
nonengrossingly, adverb
unengrossing, adjective
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verb (used with object)
to occupy completely, as the mind or attention; absorb: Their discussion engrossed his attention. She is engrossed in her work.
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.
to acquire the whole of (a commodity), in order to control the market; monopolize.

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)
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]

engrossing (ɪnˈɡrəʊsɪŋ)
so interesting as to occupy one's attention completely; absorbing

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Word Origin & History

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
Not only was it engrossing in its own right, it had some professional interest for them.
Over the next five months these tiny missives would morph into a complex, engrossing and even lyrical narrative.
There is something utterly engrossing about witnessing the spectacle of blithe ignorance in the face of impending doom.
Clouds of hashish smoke rolled through the tent, and the drumming injected the
  space with a thick, engrossing energy.
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