engross

Engross is a verb that means to consume all of your attention or time. Once you engross yourself in the culture of high salaries and unlimited spending accounts, it's hard to go back to cooking at a sandwich shop.

Engross first came into English in the 1400s from the Old French word en gros, meaning "in bulk, at wholesale." By the 1700s the word had taken on the meaning of "absorb the whole attention." Immersing yourself fully in something can be good or bad. If you're studying Shakespeare, you want the plays to engross you so you don't lose focus. But if your video games engross you so much that you forget to shower or eat, that's a problem.

Definitions of engross
  1. verb
    devote (oneself) fully to
    synonyms: absorb, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep
    immerse, plunge
    cause to be immersed
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    types:
    drink, drink in
    be fascinated or spell-bound by; pay close attention to
    type of:
    center, centre, concentrate, focus, pore, rivet
    direct one's attention on something
  2. verb
    consume all of one's attention or time
    synonyms: absorb, engage, occupy
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    types:
    involve
    occupy or engage the interest of
    consume
    engage fully
    rivet
    hold (someone's attention)
    type of:
    interest
    excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of
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