En*gross" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Engrossed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Engrossing.] [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.]

1.

To make gross, thick, or large; to thicken; to increase in bulk or quantity.

[Obs.]

Waves . . . engrossed with mud. Spenser.

Not sleeping, to engross his idle body. Shak.

2.

To amass.

[Obs.]

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 Legislation, one which has been plainly engrossed on parchment, with all its amendments, preparatory to final action on its passage. -- Engrossing hand Penmanship, a fair, round style of writing suitable for engrossing legal documents, legislative bills, etc.

Syn. -- To absorb; swallow up; imbibe; consume; exhaust; occupy; forestall; monopolize. See Absorb.

 

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