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engrossed -- as in: engrossed in the book
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  • She was so engrossed in her conversation, she didn’t realize the bell had rung.
  • he was growing quite inattentive to other people, and wholly engrossed by her.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • that engrossed look or rapt delight
  • His mother was not far away in front of him and seemed, at first, quite engrossed in herself, but then she suddenly...
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis

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  • Marion was acting like she couldn’t hear us, engrossed in buffing a pinky nail.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • And we become engrossed in it, and sometimes I forget myself and where I am, and I forget how crazy this would seem if someone else from Felling stumbled into the quarry tonight.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • ...which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation,
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address
  • No. Then I pulled out my real phone and played a round of solitaire, pretending to be engrossed.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The women were all still engrossed with the experience, with the queen herself, and no one seemed to notice us.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • They seemed engrossed, so they hadn’t known that these existed before this moment.
    Kiera Cass  --  The One

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  • As if he could read my thoughts, Ean looked up at me at that very second, and I turned away, pretending to be engrossed with my brother.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Heir
  • I took this all as a sign that I was too engrossed in prison life, that the "real world" was fading too much into the background, and I probably needed to read the paper more religiously and write more letters.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • They were far too engrossed in their own affairs, which, as I slowly and incredulously began to realize, were at that moment centered around the playing of a game of tag.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Denna was thoroughly engrossed by the loden-stone.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • But Milo was too engrossed in the circus to notice, and Tock had closed his eyes, the better to smell, and the bug, bowing and waving, stood with a look of sheer bliss on his face, interested only in the wild ovation.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • Engrossed in a mystery, I was startled when the comfortable sounds were shattered by three rapid knocks on the side door.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • Zu gave us an apologetic shrug before tugging Hina away, back to the circle of younger kids who were engrossed in some kind of card game.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Hardly a second or two had elapsed between his last words and his seizing of the manual, in which he was now totally engrossed.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • He was so engrossed in the wiring, he didn’t notice the landing party was back until Percy said, "Hey, man.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Blood of Olympus
  • With this species of cheat—whom I took great pleasure in rooking—the trick was to play dumb, look bored, stay engrossed in my book, act as if I didn’t know what I had, and let them think they were rooking me: even as their hands were trembling with excitement, even as they tried to appear unhurried while rushing out to the bank for a massive cash withdrawal.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • They were so engrossed in each other that she didn’t see me until I was five feet away.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • They respond with enthusiasm and then watch, thoroughly engrossed, as she breaks down the process of the elaborate braided hairdo.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • She went away with the message, and, engrossed with our work, I clean forgot all about him.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss A dateless bargain to engrossing death!
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • "God, I loved that guy," Dad said, and immediately they were engrossed in a basketball conversation I could not (and did not want to) join, so I took my tulips inside.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • Eragon walked slowly to Brom’s house, engrossed in his thoughts.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • The mariner produced a toothpick, and (saving his regard) was engrossed thereby for some minutes.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • Tim sat among them, engrossed in earnest conversation.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  Dear John
  • The guests were not disappointed: they had a very pleasant feast, in fact an engrossing entertainment: rich, abundant, varied, and prolonged.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Albert was soon deeply engrossed in discoursing upon Paris and Parisian matters, speaking to the countess of the various persons they both knew there.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • This envelope had the air of an official record of some period long past, when clerks engrossed their stiff and formal chirography on more substantial materials than at present.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Her forehead had been strikingly expressive of an engrossing terror and compassion that saw nothing but the peril of the accused.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • Uncle Willie was engrossed in the Almanac, his nightly reading, and my brother was far away on a raft on the Mississippi.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Vittoria sat beside him, looking engrossed by Olivetti, who was transmitting his final orders.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • He was sitting on one of the speakers, next to Clary, who was engrossed in texting someone, probably face.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • The men became so engrossed in this affair that they entirely ceased to remember their own large war.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • I was bumping along, thoroughly engrossed in driving a straight line, when Aunt J interrupted.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Burned
  • Almost everyone was silent and walked with downturned faces, engrossed in their own thoughts.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • Winter, spring, and summer passed away during my labours; but I did not watch the blossom or the expanding leaves—sights which before always yielded me supreme delight—so deeply was I engrossed in my occupation.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • She would tend to Chiron until his leg was fully recovered, and keep studying Daedalus’s laptop, which had engrossed her for the last two months.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • He should have been back by eight-thirty, but he was so engrossed in the book that he forgot the time and was just coming down the stairs when his father entered the room.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • I am entirely enamored, and so engrossed that I don’t see August until he comes to an abrupt stop in front of me.
    Sara Gruen  --  Water for Elephants
  • The mother sank under the blow, and fell, grasping at her child, in death, with the same engrossing love that had caused her to cherish it when living.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • He had been engrossed by the same thoughts ever since the day he returned from Sokolniki after the duel and had spent that first agonizing, sleepless night.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • It will be most engrossing to watch your friends and your rocket vanish once I have killed you.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • Her audience laughed; Alice, Jasper, Esme, and Carlisle were sitting on the couch, watching her as if she were the most engrossing film.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn
  • Four more girls passed through the room in an indolent group, engrossed in conversation; three were barefoot and one wobbled perilously on a pair of unbuckled silver dancing shoes that did not seem to be her own.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • All were engrossed in early-night reminiscences about dreams, figures, premonitions.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • I yelled to him, but he was so engrossed in eating chocolate (which I suppose I could understand) that he didn’t notice us until we were a few meters away.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • I never saw a more promising inclination; he was growing quite inattentive to other people, and wholly engrossed by her.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
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