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

v devote (oneself) fully to

absorb, engulf, immerse, plunge, soak up, steep
immerse, plunge
cause to be immersed
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

v consume all of one's attention or time

absorb, engage, occupy
occupy or engage the interest of
engage fully
hold (someone's attention)
Type of:
excite the curiosity of; engage the interest of

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