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The discovery which Ellinor had just made to me engrossed all my powers of attention.

She immediately attracted and engrossed the attention of all present.

The idea became rooted in his mind, and engrossed his thoughts.

The subject abstracted their attention, and engrossed all their faculties.

Business has not, however, engrossed the whole of Mr. Beckwith's time and talents.

Luckily they were so engrossed in the matter on hand that neither of them observed me.

But Rodenard talked on, engrossed in his theme to the exclusion of all else.

So engrossed had I been that I had never heard his soft approach over the turf.

Engrossed in the scene below she had not so much as listened to his bitter tirade.

"Have they not told you," rejoined the other airily, engrossed in filling the glasses.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

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