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Synonyms for engross

to occupy the full attention of

to form letters, characters, or words on a surface with an instrument

Synonyms for engross

consume all of one's attention or time

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It is the varying fortune of the hero which engrosses our attention.
Mortimer, in spite of all the arts of the chemist, placidly refreshes himself with a glass of Madeira, and remains unconscious of the Document which engrosses the general attention, until Lady Tippins (who has a habit of waking totally insensible), having remembered where she is, and recovered a perception of surrounding objects, says: 'Falser man than Don Juan; why don't you take the note from the commendatore?