Simple Definition of involve
: 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
1 archaic : to enfold or envelop so as to encumber
2 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>
3 : to surround as if with a wrapping : envelop
4 a archaic : to wind, coil, or wreathe about b : to relate closely : connect
involvementplay \-ˈvälv-mənt, -ˈvȯlv-\ noun
Examples of involve in a sentence
He told us a story involving life on a farm.
She remained involved with the organization for many years.
Renovating the house involved hiring a contractor.
The disease continued to spread until it involved the entire jaw.
Origin and Etymology of involve
Middle English, to roll up, wrap, from Latin involvere, from in- + volvere to roll — more at voluble
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of involve
INVOLVE Defined for Kids
Definition of involve for Students
1 : to draw into a situation : engage <The teacher involved her students in the project.>
2 : to take part in <I'm not involved in the planning.>
3 : include <The accident involved three cars.>
4 : to be accompanied by <The plan involves some risk.>
5 : to have or take the attention of completely <He was deeply involved in his work.>
Word Root of involve
The Latin word volvere, meaning “to roll” or “to turn around,” gives us the root volv. Words from the Latin volvere have something to do with turning. To revolve is to turn in circles or travel on a circular path. To evolve, or grow or develop out of something else, is to unroll from a source. To involve, or include, is to roll someone into a situation.
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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