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, thick, or large; to thicken; to increase in bulk or quantity. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Waves . . . engrossed with mud. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

Not sleeping, to engross his idle body. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To amass. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

To engross up glorious deeds on my behalf. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To copy or write in a large hand (en gross, i. e., in large); to write a fair copy of in distinct and legible characters; as, to engross a deed or like instrument on parchment. [1913 Webster]

Some period long past, when clerks engrossed their stiff and formal chirography on more substantial materials. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

Laws that may be engrossed on a finger nail. --De Quincey. [1913 Webster]

4. To seize in the gross; to take the whole of; to occupy the attention completely; to absorb; as, the subject engrossed all his thoughts. [1913 Webster]

5. To purchase either the whole or large quantities of, for the purpose of enhancing the price and making a profit; hence, to take or assume in undue quantity, proportion, or degree; as, to engross commodities in market; to engross power. [1913 Webster]

{Engrossed bill} (Legislation), one which has been plainly engrossed on parchment, with all its amendments, preparatory to final action on its passage.

{Engrossing hand} (Penmanship), a fair, round style of writing suitable for engrossing legal documents, legislative bills, etc.

Syn: To absorb; swallow up; imbibe; consume; exhaust; occupy; forestall; monopolize. See {Absorb}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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