V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: commanding or occupying full and rapt attention--engaging somebody’s whole attention

Synonyms: intriguing, riveting, compelling, captivating, enthralling, absorbing

Antonyms: boring, dull

Tips: Engrossing and engrossed are both adjectives, but engrossed is also the past tense of the verb engross. Engrossing usually describes an object with interesting qualities, while engrossed usually refers to the person or animals interested or engrossed in the object. Engrossing is similar to riveting in that both words are used to describe holding one's attention. Engrossing is used to describe something that consumes you and holds your complete attention (e.g. a great book you can't put down), while riveting is used to describe something that is fascinating and holds your attention.

Usage Examples:

This novel is very engrossing; I can hardly put it down. (riveting, captivating)

He could sit engrossed in his work for many hours without stopping to eat or sleep. (absorbed, riveted)

Finding an engrossing activity that you get paid to do is half the battle to designating a satisfying career. (captivating, absorbing)

That movie was so engrossing, I forgot to eat my popcorn. (intriguing, absorbing, riveting)

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