Engross

  • 1 engross — en·gross /in grōs/ vt [Anglo French engrosser to put (a legal document) in final form, from Medieval Latin ingrossare, from in grossam (put) into final form, literally, (written) in large (letter)]: to prepare the usu. final handwritten or… …

    Law dictionary

  • 2 Engross — En*gross , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Engrossed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Engrossing}.] [F., fr. pref. en (L. in) + gros gross, grosse, n., an engrossed document: cf. OF. engrossir, engroissier, to make thick, large, or gross. See {Gross}.] 1. To make gross,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 engross — c.1400, to buy up the whole stock of (in Anglo French from c.1300), from O.Fr. en gros in bulk, in a large quantity, at wholesale, as opposed to en detail. See GROSS (Cf. gross). Figurative sense of absorb the whole attention is first attested… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 engross — *monopolize, absorb, consume Analogous words: utilize, employ, *use, apply: control, manage (see CONDUCT) Contrasted words: distract, bewilder (see PUZZLE): dissipate, *scatter, disperse …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 engross — [v] hold one’s attention absorb, apply, arrest, assimilate, attract, become lost, be hung*, bewitch, busy, captivate, consume, corner, engage, engulf, enrapture, enthrall, fascinate, fill, grip, hog*, immerse, involve, monopolize, occupy,… …

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  • 6 engross — ► VERB 1) (often be engrossed in) absorb all the attention of. 2) Law produce (a legal document) in its final or definitive form. ORIGIN sense 1 is from Latin in grosso wholesale ; sense 2 is from Latin ingrossare write in large letters …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 engross — [en grōs′, in grōs′] vt. [ME engrossen < OFr engrosser, to acquire in large quantity (< en , in + gros, large < L grossus) & engroissier, to become thick < en + groisse, thickness < VL * grossia < L grossus: see GROSS] 1. a) to… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 engross — Synonyms and related words: absorb, absorb the attention, adsorb, apply, arrest, assimilate, attract, become overweight, blot, blot up, busy, buy, buy back, buy in, buy into, buy off, buy on credit, buy up, captivate, catch, charm, chemisorb,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 9 engross — UK [ɪnˈɡrəʊs] / US [ɪnˈɡroʊs] verb [transitive] Word forms engross : present tense I/you/we/they engross he/she/it engrosses present participle engrossing past tense engrossed past participle engrossed if something engrosses you, you think about… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 engross — engrossedly /en groh sid lee, grohst /, adv. engrosser, n. /en grohs /, v.t. 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,… …

    Universalium

  • 11 engross — en|gross [ınˈgrəus US ˈgrous] v [T] [Date: 1300 1400; : Anglo French; Origin: engrosser, from French en gros in a mass, by wholesale ] if something engrosses you, it interests you so much that you do not notice anything else ▪ The scene was… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 engross — verb (T) 1 if something engrosses you, you are extremely interested in it: Their revolutionary talk engrossed him, and he listened intently. 2 engross yourself in/with to become very interested in something and spend a lot of time doing it …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 engross — verb Poppa s stories will engross them Syn: absorb, engage, rivet, grip, hold, interest, involve, occupy, preoccupy; fascinate, captivate, enthrall, intrigue …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 engross — en•gross [[t]ɛnˈgroʊs[/t]] v. t. 1) to occupy completely, as the mind or attention; absorb: She is engrossed in her work[/ex] 2) to write or copy in a clear, attractive, large script or in a formal manner, as a public document or record: to… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 15 engross — /ɛnˈgroʊs / (say en grohs), /ən / (say uhn ) verb (t) 1. to occupy wholly, as the mind or attention; absorb. 2. to write or copy in a fair, large hand or in a formal manner, as a public document or record. 3. to acquire the whole of (a commodity) …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 engross — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French engrosser to put (a legal document) in final form, from Medieval Latin ingrossare, from in grossam (put) into final form, literally, (written) in large (letter) Date: 15th century 1. a …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 engross — verb /ɛnˈɡrəʊs,ɛŋˈɡrəʊs,ɛnˈɡroʊs,ɛŋˈɡroʊs/ a) To write (a document) in large, aesthetic, and legible lettering; to make a finalized copy of. Octavian then engrosses for himself proconsular powers for ten years in all the provinces where more than …

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  • 18 engross'd — adjective Contraction of engrossed …

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  • 19 Engross — 1) Orig. to buy up a large quantity of goods, preventing others from buying, thus to corner a market . This was regularly forbidden in assizes. 2) Orig. to make a copy in a large fair hand. Later, to make a copy of record, or to enter a formal… …

    Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • 20 engross — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. monopolize, control; absorb; occupy, engage; copy, write, transcribe. See attention, thought, writing. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. preoccupy, engage, immerse; see fascinate , monopolize , occupy 3 .… …

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