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To print a final copy of a document. In archaic Criminal Law, engrossment was the process of forcing higher the price of a good by buying it up and creating a Monopoly.

Engrossment was used in ancient law where the method of drawing up a written deed or contract involved working out a rough draft and then having the final terms of the instrument copied legibly onto parchment paper. Today the term denotes modern forms of copying, including engraving or any other such form of printing that will provide a legible final copy.

Engrossment is also used to describe a step in the enactment of statutes. During the legislative process, a bill may be debated, read, altered, or amended until it is ultimately passed in a final form. The process of engrossing is the printing of an act in its final form and its enrollment.


(Copy), verb address, assimilate, inscribe, record, scribe, scroll, superscribe, transcribe, write, write out


(Monopolize), verb absorb, busy, obsess, consume, corner, devour, drink in, employ, engage, haunt, have all to oneself, immerse, impropriate, occupy, preoccupy, take up
See also: engage, interest, involve, monopolize, occupy


a term used in conveyancing practice for preparing a final fair copy of a deed on whatever, for the time being, accepted as deed paper. Engrossing is the present participle and is also an obsolete term for the obsolete crime of FORESTALLING.

TO ENGROSS, practice, conveyancing. To copy the rude draught of an instrument in a fair and large hand. See 3 Bouv. Inst. n, 2421, note.

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