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engross in (something)

To capture and hold someone's interest in something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "engross" and "in." Dad is engrossed in fixing the car, so he can't talk right now. Although Dad tries to engross me in auto repairs, they're just not interesting to me. I'm sorry I didn't call you back—I got engrossed in a movie.
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engross someone in something

to occupy someone's time or thinking with something. You can't expect me to engross Tom in my work. We were all engrossed in what the speaker had to say.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But religious institutions that once monitored engrossers have disappeared as a force for social equity, and the two-party system has devolved into a single Chamber of Commerce party.
Truth emerges, and to ordain it in advance is to stifle its production.(10) In dismissing the usefulness of prior restraint -- of intervention between the author's mind and the fecund press -- Milton uses the language of contemporary commerce, heavily loaded against factors, staplers, engrossers, agents and middlemen of all kinds, who were seen as stifling the free flow of goods for their own advantage.
Should ye set an oligarchy of twenty engrossers over it, to bring a famine upon our minds again, when we shall know nothing but what is measured to us by their bushel?
She read books on the subject, watched tutorial DVD's, and attended a convention of the International Association of Master Penmen, Engrossers, and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH).
In the mid-1590s farmers in adjacent counties were sending grain to Gloucester markets because of the prevalence there of engrossers, and the consequent high prices.
But religious institutions that once monitored engrossers [speculators, usurers, etc.] have disappeared as a force for social equity" (1994).
On the sensitive policy question of the corn trade, Anderson took almost as strong a stand as Smith by calling a proclamation of 1630 against engrossers and buyers of corn "a more extraordinary proclamation" (137).
Abel, The Legal Profession in England and Wales 203 (1988) (noting historically heavy reliance of solicitors on subordinate personnel, including law writers, engrossers, salaried assistant solicitors, and copying, managing, and articled clerks).
the Scotch are become the Engrossers" wrote one Virginia planter in 1769 concerning the tobacco trade, whILe Liverpudlians assumed the dominant place in the slave trade by the 1740s and outpaced Bristol in the export trade by the 1780s.