Engrossing, the fair copying of a deed or other instrument for execution, words and figures being written in full. As regards conveyances and other documents relating to freehold lands and probates of wills, iffc ola stgle of engrossing is largely retained, though it is not now compulsory, and it is rapidly giving way to the ordinary handwritings. [Deed.] In criminal law engrossing was the offence of buying up large quantities of corn, etc., with intent to resell. It was abolished by a statute passed early in the present reign. In the United States it is a common law offence.