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
Examples of involve
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 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
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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