1. To make gross, thick, or large; to thicken; to increase in bulk or quantity. Waves . . . Engrossed with mud. (Spenser) Not sleeping, to engross his idle body. (Shak)

2. To amass. 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 parchment. 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 Quincey)

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

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 power. Engrossed bill, a fair, round style of writing suitable for engrossing legal documents, legislative bills, etc.

Synonym: to absorb, swallow up, imbibe, consume, exhaust, occupy, forestall, monopolize. See absorb.

Origin: 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.

Please contribute to this project, if you have more information about this term feel free to edit this page

This page was last modified on 3 October 2005, at 21:16. This page has been accessed 1,905 times. 
What links here | Related changes | Permanent link