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Engrossed definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ENGRO'SSED, pp. Made thick; taken in the whole; purchased in large quantities for sale; written in large fair characters.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: giving or marked by complete attention to; "that engrossed look or rapt delight"; "then wrapped in dreams"; "so intent on this fantastic...narrative that she hardly stirred"- Walter de la Mare; "rapt with wonder"; "wrapped in thought" [syn: captive, absorbed, engrossed, enwrapped, intent, wrapped]
2: written formally in a large clear script, as a deed or other legal document

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

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.] 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If you are engrossed in something, it holds your attention completely. Tony didn't notice because he was too engrossed in his work. ADJ: usu v-link ADJ, usu ADJ in n

Moby Thesaurus

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