verb \in-ˈvälv, -ˈvlv also -ˈväv or -ˈvv\

: to have or include (someone or something) as a part of something

: to cause (someone) to be included in some activity, situation, etc. : to cause (someone) to take part in something

: to cause (someone) to be associated with someone or something


Full Definition of INVOLVE

transitive verb
archaic :  to enfold or envelop so as to encumber
a :  to engage as a participant <workers involved in building a house>
b :  to oblige to take part <right of Congress to involve the nation in war>
c :  to occupy (as oneself) absorbingly; especially :  to commit (as oneself) emotionally <was involved with a married man>
:  to surround as if with a wrapping :  envelop
a archaic :  to wind, coil, or wreathe about
b :  to relate closely :  connect
a :  to have within or as part of itself :  include
b :  to require as a necessary accompaniment :  entail
c :  3affect <the cancer involved the lymph nodes>
in·volve·ment \-ˈvälv-mənt, -ˈvlv-\ noun
in·volv·er noun

Examples of INVOLVE

  1. He told us a story involving life on a farm.
  2. She remained involved with the organization for many years.
  3. Renovating the house involved hiring a contractor.
  4. The disease continued to spread until it involved the entire jaw.

Origin of INVOLVE

Middle English, to roll up, wrap, from Latin involvere, from in- + volvere to roll — more at voluble
First Known Use: 14th century


transitive verb \in-ˈvälv, -ˈvlv also -ˈväv or -ˈvv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INVOLVE

: to affect with a disease or condition : include in an area of damage, trauma, or insult <all the bones of the skull were involved in the proliferative process> <herpes involved the trigeminal nerve> <severely involved patients were isolated> <lacerations involved the muscles>


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