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  • ...which still absorbs the attention and engrosses the energies of the nation,   (source)
    engrosses = takes all
  • 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.   (source)
    engrossed = with all attention focused
  • Both of them worked silently, each engrossed and oblivious to the other.†   (source)
  • So engrossed had he been in watching her technique, he had neglected his own responsibilities.†   (source)
  • During her last two months, Cassie spent a lot of time engrossed in Seeking Peace, the newest book her youth group had chosen for their weekly discussions.†   (source)
  • Seiler went on rummaging, thoroughly engrossed.†   (source)
  • Hermione continued, as they walked down a flight of stairs lined with portraits of old witches and wizards, all of whom ignored them, being engrossed in their own conversation.†   (source)
  • Vittoria sat beside him, looking engrossed by Olivetti, who was transmitting his final orders.†   (source)
  • Sansa was so engrossed she scarcely seemed to notice his arrival.†   (source)
  • They respond with enthusiasm and then watch, thoroughly engrossed, as she breaks down the process of the elaborate braided hairdo.†   (source)
  • "Listen," said Ford, who was still engrossed in the sales brochure, "they make a big thing of the ship's cybernetics.†   (source)
  • The women were all still engrossed with the experience, with the queen herself, and no one seemed to notice us.†   (source)
  • Until this point I'd been so engrossed in Tommy's story, I'd forgotten my reason for having this talk with him.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • To Ammu, her twins seemed like a pair of small bewildered frogs engrossed in each other's company, lolloping arm in arm down a highway full of hurtling traffic.†   (source)
  • Eragon walked slowly to Brom's house, engrossed in his thoughts.†   (source)
  • No. Then I pulled out my real phone and played a round of solitaire, pretending to be engrossed.†   (source)
  • He'd seemed engrossed in our conversation, but now I could see, from the corner of my eye, that he was leaning away from me again, his hands gripping the edge of the table with unmistakable tension.†   (source)
  • Tim sat among them, engrossed in earnest conversation.†   (source)
  • All this while, his son was engrossed in conversation with Pumpkin; and it didn't take us long to understand why.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Denna was thoroughly engrossed by the loden-stone.†   (source)
  • Although the violence of the Vietnam War scenes may turn some readers off, many find themselves totally engrossed by something they initially figured would just be gross.†   (source)
  • That she had suddenly become so engrossed in who she was and where the world came from that she had no time to play badminton?†   (source)
  • I've been so engrossed in the newspapers that I haven't been paying my usual attention to the journey; it seems as though I've only just sat down when the train grinds to its customary' halt opposite the red signal.†   (source)
  • Sometimes when we're driving through the capital, Jacqueline points out one impressive building or another and says, "Papa built that," She is less ready to talk about the second wife, the new, engrossing family, stepbrothers and sisters the age of her own little one.†   (source)
  • At the moment he's too engrossed to argue the point.†   (source)
  • She looked around the theater to see if it had happened to everyone, but all the other people were engrossed in the movie.†   (source)
  • Blomkvist cooked dinner while Berger poked around in his house, making remarks about the issues of Rekordmagasinet from the fifties that were still there, and getting engrossed in his files in the office.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Jordan shrugged, suddenly engrossed in picking at his fingernails.†   (source)
  • He's engrossed in making his move and doesn't see what's happening.†   (source)
  • I wouldn't jack him off as fast as I could, forgetting (on purpose) to put lipstick on, and fake sleeping whenever he was engrossed in the TV.†   (source)
  • Murray seemed engrossed in the incidental mesh.†   (source)
  • Cecil and I were engrossed in discussions of sabotage plans as we passed through Howick, twenty miles northwest of Pietermaritzburg.†   (source)
  • All were engrossed in early-night reminiscences about dreams, figures, premonitions.†   (source)
  • You look completely engrossed in that.†   (source)
  • When Henry Lavender called a third time, she was engrossed in a book of stories, repeatedly exclaiming that the author should be given a Posthumous Nobel.†   (source)
  • I went up to Boston for three separate, month-long rotations: plastic surgery, urology, and transplant, and the work was engrossing, challenging, so that each time my anxieties about being there and near him were forgotten.†   (source)
  • He's engrossed in an oversize book, hunched over and completely absorbed.†   (source)
  • I could feel John Miller looking at me, even as I pretended to be completely engrossed in a news story about structural problems with the new county dam.†   (source)
  • She was so engrossed with Butch that she didn't see the approaching team of mules and wagon until it was almost upon them.†   (source)
  • Perhaps I've been too engrossed in my own questions to ask any of her.†   (source)
  • Cedric has thought of calling his son a hundred times since then, though not so very much in the last couple of busy, engrossing months.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • What she wound up with was three sorry boys, who ran her ragged, fought like cats in a sack and thought it was just plain damn hilarious to put snapping turtles in the outhouse when a grownup was inside, engrossed in the garden implements section.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The guests were not disappointed: they had a very pleasant feast, in fact an engrossing entertainment: rich, abundant, varied, and prolonged.†   (source)
  • I am entirely enamored, and so engrossed that I don't see August until he comes to an abrupt stop in front of me.†   (source)
  • The feast was extraordinary and soon the table was engrossed in Cynthia's story of how she had come to receive her letter from Rowan.†   (source)
  • I was bumping along, thoroughly engrossed in driving a straight line, when Aunt J interrupted.†   (source)
  • In fact, I'm so engrossed, I almost walk past my turning.†   (source)
  • But it would be another month before the engrossed copy was signed by the delegates.†   (source)
  • I was so engrossed in the story I almost asked, "Did he make it?"†   (source)
  • He inclined his head to where Jamie, downstream from us, was so engrossed in building his stick dams across the stream that he had barely raised his head to register the rector's presence.†   (source)
  • From the sounds penetrating the window, specifically the rapid, high-pitched speech of an announcer, the general's aide was engrossed in a baseball game.†   (source)
  • Within a half hour, Lee was disturbed, uncomfortable and completely engrossed.†   (source)
  • He was sitting on one of the speakers, next to Clary, who was engrossed in texting someone, probably face.†   (source)
  • The drow waited until Bruenor was engrossed with his meal, then quickly snatched up the warhammer.†   (source)
  • Things are changing very rapidly, and they must expect a field marshal's reports to be engrossed.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • Hardly a second or two had elapsed between his last words and his seizing of the manual, in which he was now totally engrossed.†   (source)
  • Engrossed in our work, neither of us had observed the red flag, nor with the hammering constantly beating upon our eardrums, did we hear the whistle go; but Puli, more alert than either of us, hustled us to safety, and as we ran we felt the ground shake beneath us.†   (source)
  • Not that religion is an engrossing matter in Nevia; fertility rites are all they bother with.†   (source)
  • One day Yurii Andreievich and Marina, stepping carefully in their felt boots so as not to dirty the carpet with sawdust, were carrying wood into the study of a tenant who remained insultingly engrossed in something he was reading and did not honor them with so much as a glance.†   (source)
  • A pair of pretty girls, engrossed in the infuriating dead-end of long range telepathic communication, demanded of Dr. Jordan why transmission of visual images always showed color aberration, which it did not.†   (source)
  • They were so engrossed in each other that she didn't see me until I was five feet away.   (source)
  • One bright summer's morning Silas had been more engrossed than usual in "setting up" a new piece of work, an occasion on which his scissors were in requisition.   (source)
  • I have seen your nobler aspirations fall off one by one, until the master-passion, Gain, engrosses you.   (source)
    engrosses = absorbs all attention from
  • She was so engrossed, she didn't notice them until Leo said, "Hi."†   (source)
  • They seemed engrossed, so they hadn't known that these existed before this moment.†   (source)
  • Three little sparrows were engrossed in a curious game.†   (source)
  • Langdon was silent now, fully engrossed.†   (source)
  • Oddly, the camerlegno was no longer engrossed in his controls.†   (source)
  • They didn't look up when I entered, too engrossed in Alice's work.†   (source)
  • They were so engrossed, it looked like they'd completely forgotten the rough night.†   (source)
  • Almost everyone was silent and walked with downturned faces, engrossed in their own thoughts.†   (source)
  • The lords and ladies in the gallery were as engrossed in the melee as the men on the ground.†   (source)
  • Tyrion glanced at his sister, but Cersei was engrossed in something Ser Balon Swann was telling her.†   (source)
  • Completely engrossed, I hurried on to the next section.†   (source)
  • And when Luke Brandon arrives, I'll be too engrossed in conversation even to notice him.†   (source)
  • He had been so engrossed in his work that he hadn't heard Bruenor enter.†   (source)
  • Denise sat at the other end engrossed in the Physicians' Desk Reference.†   (source)
  • The man across from us is engrossed in his laptop, and I pretend to be engrossed in his laptop, too.†   (source)
  • Drizzt silently approached, unnoticed by the engrossed barbarian.†   (source)
  • The Architect was standing at an open drawer, his back to her, apparently too engrossed in its contents to hear her enter.†   (source)
  • He — well," Ron's ears turned bright red and he became engrossed in a tuft of grass at his feet, which he prodded with his toe, "he must've known I'd run out on you."†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • From three-thirty onward I was engrossed in thought, and still shivering so much that Mr. van Daan couldn't sleep.†   (source)
  • This had all helped get me fascinated, and I was soon longing to become engrossed myself in those ornate pieces.†   (source)
  • A fat man and a girl with braided hair walked through, completely engrossed in their own conversation.†   (source)
  • Ofttimes, in his absence, the trees bent round, carrying their freight of jays and squirrels engrossed in bitter dispute.†   (source)
  • He had been so engrossed by the sights that he had failed to notice a dense sea of people clustered around the tunnel's entrance.†   (source)
  • He walked back to the medicine room, engrossed in the problem of how to reach the boards between the ceiling beams.†   (source)
  • The young man was clearly engrossed in explaining something to his companion: "Contrapuntal form operates on two dimensions, horizontally, or melodically, and vertically, or harmonically.†   (source)
  • I felt a rush of accomplishment at the sight and was so engrossed, I nearly jumped when Elise addressed me.†   (source)
  • If I'm engrossed in a book, I have to rearrange my thoughts before I can mingle with other people, because otherwise they might think I was strange.†   (source)
  • And I suddenly became very conscious of the fact that we were the only people in the shop, except for the old guy behind the counter at the front engrossed in his paperwork.†   (source)
  • It would probably be half an hour before her mother came up with the breakfast tray, thank goodness, because right now she was engrossed in Sophie and all the philosophical questions.†   (source)
  • It took me a moment to realise, so that by the time I turned back to her she was breathing over her fingers and looking down, engrossed by something beside her feet.†   (source)
  • Taking it to extremes, we could say that Plato was so engrossed in his eternal forms, or "ideas," that he took very little notice of the changes in nature.†   (source)
  • On the end of the seat sat the witch-child, Elva, engrossed with a piece of embroidery, and in a nearby chair, Nasuada's handmaid, Farica.†   (source)
  • The concern in Damien's voice made me look up from Nala, and I realized that I was sitting in the middle of what used to be the circle, with my cat on my lap, completely engrossed in my own thoughts as I scratched her head.†   (source)
  • She was engrossed in Dimensions when the boy came and sat in the sand a few yards away from her, apparently without noticing she was there.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • David and the Scholar were soon engrossed in conversation; Max could tell David was absorbed by the way he shifted his weight from foot to foot.†   (source)
  • Matching their steps, they padded down the remaining stairs and snuck across the room, never taking their eyes off the engrossed magicians.†   (source)
  • And with that, he would wander back into his study, to all appearances still thoroughly engrossed in the volume held open in his hands.†   (source)
  • He was so engrossed in the wiring, he didn't notice the landing party was back until Percy said, "Hey, man.†   (source)
  • She sat bent over spreadsheets of Millennium's budget and was so engrossed that Anton, her boyfriend, eventually gave up trying to have a conversation with her.†   (source)
  • Your son is quite engrossed.†   (source)
  • There was a big crowd making its way across the turnaround, and I was so engrossed that I didn't even see the parked red Jeep until I was walking right in front of it.†   (source)
  • Engrossed in his thoughts, Eragon returned to the clearing, wondering what he might be crushing under his feet with every step.†   (source)
  • He glanced at Giannini, who was still engrossed in some papers, apparently unaware of her surroundings.†   (source)
  • She shot a look at Hunter, who appeared much too engrossed with the surface of the creek to notice her progress.†   (source)
  • Whatever engrossed them so, I thought, flinging a washclout into a pail, I would learn of it when they saw fit to tell me.†   (source)
  • "Hey," I replied, pretending to be engrossed in a story on re-districting on the front page of the local newspaper.†   (source)
  • I don't know how long I was reading; I was so engrossed in the paper that I did not hear any footsteps.†   (source)
  • In the slightly awkward silence that ensued, Miss Kenton turned her gaze down into the depths of her cocoa cup as if she had become engrossed by something she had noticed there.†   (source)
  • I was engrossed.†   (source)
  • The actual signing of the document would not take place until Friday, August 2, after a fair copy had been elegantly engrossed on a single, giant sheet of parchment by Timothy Matlack, assistant to the secretary of Congress.†   (source)
  • Mr Farraday will usually have just returned from his short walk on the downs at that point, so he is rarely engrossed in his reading or writing as he tends to be in the evenings.†   (source)
  • I became so engrossed in sorting and naming the plants that I harely noticed the light fading, and by the time I realized I must needs set out for home, it had begun to snow.†   (source)
  • He tapped his spoon against his bowl in a measured meter of time, engrossed in his thoughts, then said, "It feels wrong."†   (source)
  • "What a baby," I said to Lissa, who was now down by the mailbox, pretending to be engrossed with reading the new letters starr/davis that had recently been affixed to it.†   (source)
  • With a nervous little gesture, she ran her fingers through her short curls and called across the room to Damien, who was thoroughly engrossed in a conversation with Jack.†   (source)
  • Three things presented themselves to him: his injury at the hands of Durza, his fear of one day fighting Galbatorix, and the elves' epics that so engrossed him.†   (source)
  • M. Dupont, so far as I could observe, was not contributing to the discussions, and it was hard to tell from his sullen demeanour if he was attending carefully to what was being said or else deeply engrossed in other thoughts.†   (source)
  • It was a ploy of Lord Darlington's to stand at this shelf studying the spines of the encyclopedias as I came down the staircase, and sometimes, to increase the effect of an accidental meeting, he would actually pull out a volume and pretend to be engrossed as I completed my descent.†   (source)
  • Eragon was so engrossed by the contest that when the ants finally prevailed, he loosed an elated cry so loud, it roused the birds from their roosts among the trees.†   (source)
  • I was so engrossed in watching the pups that I was not aware of her presence until I heard a deep whine near at hand.†   (source)
  • Her ability at reading English, while still far from perfect, had improved immeasurably in the year since she had met Nathan; in general she no longer resorted to Polish translations and was now deeply engrossed in Malcolm Cowley's Portable Faulkner, which I knew both captured and perplexed her.†   (source)
  • He came over a small rise fifty yards from me with his head down, his eyes half-closed, and a preoccupied air about him Far from being the preternaturally alert and suspicious beast of fiction, this wolf was so self-engrossed that he came straight on to within fifteen yards of me, and might have gone right past the tent without seeing it at all, had I not banged my elbow against the teakettle, making a resounding clank.†   (source)
  • I was hoping that this conversation was engrossing enough that they'd hardly notice me.†   (source)
  • Then he stuffs in the page and the tiny printed ink and the memorized dates, engrossing it quietly.†   (source)
  • Why else would they have sent the engrosser?†   (source)
  • It will be most engrossing to watch your friends and your rocket vanish once I have killed you.†   (source)
  • Her audience laughed; Alice, Jasper, Esme, and Carlisle were sitting on the couch, watching her as if she were the most engrossing film.†   (source)
  • Taking a drink, Mishka nodded that here was the topic of the hour—the very conversation that would soon be engrossing all of Russia, if not the world.†   (source)
  • The slave girl's story was the worst written but the most engrossing, and that was the one he took down this evening to see him through a supper of buttered beets, cold fish stew, and biscuits that could have been used to drive nails.†   (source)
  • He could engross himself in an inconsequential task for hours without growing restless or bored, as oblivious to fatigue as the stump of a tree, and almost as taciturn.†   (source)
  • He crushed out both their cigarettes, and they turned into each other wordlessly in an engrossing kiss just as Hungry Joe came meandering into the room without knocking to ask if Yossarian wanted to go out with him to look for girls.†   (source)
  • The engrosser.†   (source)
  • Ready with the engrosser?†   (source)
  • I suppose we were engrossed with our game.†   (source)
  • He glanced at David, reached for the newspaper on the table, became engrossed.†   (source)
  • my Lord, forgive me, I did not see you coming, Engrossed by the chatter of these foolish women.†   (source)
  • Engrossed, he had caught his walking stick in the eye of a sewer-cover.†   (source)
  • It comes when we are Engrossed with matters of other urgency.†   (source)
  • In other corners of the yard were others engrossed in the same game.†   (source)
  • They weren't even noticing him they were so engrossed.†   (source)
  • But so engrossed was I with the problem you have laid upon my shoulders that I could not see even these usual sights without referring them to one centre.†   (source)
  • They were entirely engrossed in their occupation, their faces serious, their chocolatecoloured eyes half closed.†   (source)
  • She thanked God that everyone, Melly and Pitty included, had been too engrossed in her own worries that morning to notice her conduct.†   (source)
  • Now Wang Lung's eldest son had been engrossed in his marriage and he scarcely saw what happened except that he guarded his wife jealously from the gaze of his cousin so that now these two were no longer friends but enemies.†   (source)
  • Some of the deities, Ananda, are in the air with their minds engrossed by earthly things, and they let fly their hair and cry aloud, and stretch out their arms and cry aloud, and fall headlong to the ground and roll to and fro, saying, 'All too soon will The Blessed One pass into Nirvana; all too soon will The Light of The World vanish from sight!'†   (source)
  • Sieveking was naturally engrossed in the musical problem, which was perplexing enough, as you'll realize when I remind you that Chopin died in 1849.†   (source)
  • As I returned on the El I was engrossed in thoughts of marriage bed, of Five Properties' behavior with Cissy, and of my brother's losing his head when he thought of their nuptials and honeymoon.†   (source)
  • She now found herself, Cinderella-like, promoted chatelaine, while her brother and his wife who had till that moment expected to find themselves, within a matter of days, in absolute command, were without a roof; the deeds of conveyance, engrossed and ready for signing, were rolled up, tied, and put away in one of the black tin boxes in Lincoln's Inn.†   (source)
  • Am I not, as I walk, trembling with strange oscillations and vibrations of sympathy, which, unmoored as I am from a private being, bid me embrace these engrossed flocks; these starers and trippers; these errand-boys and furtive and fugitive girls who, ignoring their doom, look in at shop-windows?†   (source)
  • What was she dreaming about, Mrs. Ramsay wondered, seeing her engrossed, as she stood there, with some thought of her own, so that she had to repeat the message twice—ask Mildred if Andrew, Miss Doyle, and Mr. Rayley have come back?†   (source)
  • are on the earth with their minds engrossed by earthly things, and they let fly their hair and cry aloud, and stretch out their arms and cry aloud, and fall headlong on the ground and roll to and fro, saying, 'All too soon will The Blessed One pass into Nirvana; all too soon will The Happy One pass into Nirvana; all too soon will The Light of The World vanish from sight.'†   (source)
  • She had been so engrossed with the job of making Tara produce she had paid little heed to what was going on in the world outside.†   (source)
  • For the past year, she had been so engrossed in her own woes, so bored by any mention of war, she did not know that from the minute the fighting first began, Atlanta had been transformed.†   (source)
  • So engrossed had they been in their gossip that they had not heard her light tread and now, confronted by their hostess, they looked like whispering schoolgirls caught by a teacher.†   (source)
  • And this morning when he crossed the gutter, engrossed in bad news (truly, the cause of it all, he reassured himself) engrossed him!†   (source)
  • They looked so engrossed, so expectant.†   (source)
  • Brooding, engrossed in his thoughts, engrossed in the rhythmic, accurate teeth of the yellow cog in his hand, the thin bright circles whirling restlessly without motion, David was unaware that a little group of girls had gathered in the gutter some distance away.†   (source)
  • The mariner produced a toothpick, and (saving his regard) was engrossed thereby for some minutes.†   (source)
  • "Because you were engrossed with Miriam," replied Mrs. Morel hotly.†   (source)
  • Thus engrossed, she went on to the edge of the timber, and halted there to gaze outward.†   (source)
  • She lived an engrossed useful life, and seemed as cool and simple as an apple.†   (source)
  • K. was too engrossed in his role and slowly called out, "Josef K!"†   (source)
  • And they were deeply engrossed in this march.†   (source)
  • He was bent over, engrossed in the problem of the red stains on the sheets.†   (source)
  • He was engrossed in this contemplation, and the soft under lip quivered from self-whispered words.†   (source)
  • He was so engrossed in his occupation that he was not aware of a lull.†   (source)
  • Stationer's, Deeds engrossed and copied, Law-Writing executed in all its branches, &c.†   (source)
  • A more important subject than that of getting indoors now engrossed her.†   (source)
  • Pierre, evidently engrossed in thought, could not at first understand him.†   (source)
  • The woman was so engrossed with her occupation that she hardly saw Venn.†   (source)
  • The ladies, however, were not so much engrossed with rifle-shooting as to neglect the calash.†   (source)
  • Later on he had been engrossed in other questions, and had simply forgotten the Board of Irrigation.†   (source)
  • Then Valentine's attention was engrossed by the clock in her room, which marked the seconds.†   (source)
  • But his cherished scheme only engrossed him the more.†   (source)
  • He was examining the plan, evidently engrossed in his own ideas.†   (source)
  • Something in his attitude of conscious absorption told her that he was aware of her presence: no one had ever been quite so engrossed in an evening paper!†   (source)
  • Clyde approached him, and being still very dubious as to how one went about getting anything in life, and finding him engrossed in what he was doing, stood first on one foot and then on the other, until at last, sensing some one was hovering about for something, the man turned: "Well?" he queried.†   (source)
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