: very complicated

: having a part in something : included in something

: actively participating in something

Full Definition of INVOLVED

a :  marked by extreme and often needless or excessive complexity
b :  difficult to deal with because of complexity or disorder
:  being affected or implicated
in·volv·ed·ly \-ˈväl-vəd-lē, -ˈvl- also -ˈvä-vəd- or -ˈv-\ adverb

Examples of INVOLVED

  1. a long and involved story
  2. The instructions for assembling the toy are very involved.
  3. The process is quite involved.
  4. Those of us who were involved knew exactly what happened.
  5. Students who stay involved get more out of the program.
  6. If you want to make things better, you need to get involved.
  7. They quickly became romantically involved.
  8. No one knew that they were involved.

First Known Use of INVOLVED

15th century

Synonym Discussion of INVOLVED

complex, complicated, intricate, involved, knotty mean having confusingly interrelated parts. complex suggests the unavoidable result of a necessary combining and does not imply a fault or failure <a complex recipe>. complicated applies to what offers great difficulty in understanding, solving, or explaining <complicated legal procedures>. intricate suggests such interlacing of parts as to make it nearly impossible to follow or grasp them separately <an intricate web of deceit>. involved implies extreme complication and often disorder <a rambling, involved explanation>. knotty suggests complication and entanglement that make solution or understanding improbable <knotty ethical questions>.
INVOLVED Defined for Kids


adjective in·volved \in-ˈvälvd, -ˈvlvd\

Definition of INVOLVED for Kids

:  very complicated <He told a long involved story.>


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