Definition of engross verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

engross

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡrəʊs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡroʊs//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they engross
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡrəʊs//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡroʊs//
 
he / she / it engrosses
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡrəʊsɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡroʊsɪz//
 
past simple engrossed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡrəʊst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡroʊst//
 
past participle engrossed
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡrəʊst//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡroʊst//
 
-ing form engrossing
BrE BrE//ɪnˈɡrəʊsɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈɡroʊsɪŋ//
 
 
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engross somebody if something engrosses you, it is so interesting that you give it all your attention and time As the business grew, it totally engrossed him. Word Origin late Middle English (formerly also as ingross): based on en-, in- ‘in’ + late Latin grossus ‘large’. The current sense is from Old French en gros, from medieval Latin in grosso ‘wholesale’
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