Adjective "engrossing" definition and examples

(Engrossing may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Absorb all the attention or interest of.
  1. 'the notes totally engrossed him'
  2. 'Smiling slightly, their heads were close together, and both were engrossed in deep conversation, oblivious to the rest of the world.'
  3. 'After watching the sixth episode, and still being engrossed to the final end, you wish there had been more episodes produced.'
  4. 'Fortunately, Hartinger has written a compelling, engrossing novel in which serious subjects are addressed, but not at the cost of humor and good writing.'
  5. 'Just then, a silver-haired man with dancing eyes enters the pub and he and Martyn are soon engrossed in conversation about one of his other big loves, fishing.'
  6. 'I found it to be an intelligent and engrossing science fiction film that didn't rely solely on elaborate special effects.'
  7. 'Connie, who was totally engrossed in the film they were watching, jumped a mile when LeeAnne tapped her on the shoulder.'
  8. 'He had been totally engrossed in his AP Chemistry homework.'
  9. 'Meanwhile, I was very engrossed in conversation with her and could not really be bothered with him.'
  10. 'The old man was engrossed in his conversation with the head advisor.'
  11. 'He was already engrossed in a conversation with another guy from the soccer team about a play that he disagreed with by the time she went to say something.'
  12. 'the country had made the best of its position to engross trade'
Produce (a legal document, especially a deed or statute) in its final form.
  1. 'After the official engrossed parchment copy was signed on 2 August, broadsides were distributed throughout the country.'
  2. 'If that case stated can be got in proper shape and finally engrossed and submitted to me in chambers, I will make the order in chambers without any need for further attendance.'
  3. 'The evidence from the Medical Tribunal that I could not recall was on 30 May 1994, two weeks beforehand, she had made an appointment with my solicitor to engross a new will.'

More definitions

1. fully occupying the mind or attention; absorbing: I'm reading the most engrossing book.

More examples(as adjective)

"worlds can be engrossing."

"tales can be engrossing."

"spots can be engrossing."

"spectacles can be engrossing."

"series can be engrossing."

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Late Middle English (formerly also as ingross): based on en-, in- ‘in’ + late Latin grossus ‘large’. Sense 1 is from Old French en gros, from medieval Latin in grosso ‘wholesale’; sense 2 comes from Anglo-Norman French engrosser, medieval Latin ingrossare, from Old French grosse, medieval Latin grossa ‘large writing’, with reference to clerks writing out documents in large, clear writing.