Synonyms for engross
- be hung
- become lost
- sew up
- take up
- up on
Antonyms for engross
- turn off
- let go
- not use
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ENGROSS
The novelty of the whole scene appeared for an instant to engross her attention.
Is it not rather for them a conspiracy to engross its advantages for the favoured few?
Not that he took little interest in it, but it had no power to absorb and engross him.
He had matters on hand of greater moment to engross his attention.
Had we not had serious work before us, it was one to engross all our thoughts.
Never, therefore, engross the whole conversation to yourself.
His eldest son, Cuthbert, did not engross all his heart, but occupied all his care.
From a child herself, always 'the children' (of somebody else) to engross her.
How it lifts us above the things which engross the children of this world!
He simply took it for his due, and he had other things to engross his mind now.
c.1400, "to buy up the whole stock of" (in Anglo-French from c.1300), from Old French en gros "in bulk, in a large quantity, at wholesale," as opposed to en detail. See gross.
Figurative sense of "absorb the whole attention" is first attested 1709. A parallel engross, meaning "to write (something) in large letters," is from Anglo-French engrosser, from Old French en gros "in large (letters)." Related: Engrossed; engrossing.