Definitions for: Engross


[v] engage or engross wholly; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
[v] engross (oneself) fully; "He immersed himself into his studies"
[v] enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing; "The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]

Waves . . . engrossed with mud. --Spenser.

Not sleeping, to engross his idle body. --Shak.

2. To amass. [Obs.]

To engross up glorious deeds on my behalf. --Shak.

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.

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

Laws that may be engrossed on a finger nail. --De
Quincey.

4. To seize in the gross; to take the whole of; to occupy
wholly; to absorb; as, the subject engrossed all his
thoughts.

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.

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.

Synonyms: absorb, bury, eat up, engage, engulf, immerse, immerse, occupy, plunge, soak up, steep, swallow, swallow up

See Also: center, centre, concentrate, consume, drink, drink in, enclose, focus, inclose, interest, involve, pore, rivet, shut in

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