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Question:

When the chancellor would become engrossed in reading the day’s intelligence, it was impossible for his subordinates to distract him with even the most important news.

Which of the following substitutions best captures the meaning of the underlined words?

A occupied exclusively with
Explaination

To engross is to capture one’s attention utterly. To be occupied exclusively is another way of saying this. The other four emotions expressed do not contain the same implication of complete fixation.