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Meaning of ENGROSS

Pronunciation:  en'grows

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

ENGROSS is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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

         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

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

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

{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}.

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