Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

involve

play
verb in·volve \in-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv\

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

in·volvedin·volv·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  to enfold or envelop so as to encumber

  3. 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>

  4. 3 :  to surround as if with a wrapping :  envelop

  5. 4 a archaic :  to wind, coil, or wreathe about b :  to relate closely :  connect

  6. 5 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 play \-ˈvälv-mənt, -ˈvȯlv-\ 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

Synonym Discussion of involve

include, comprehend, embrace, involve mean to contain within as part of the whole. include suggests the containment of something as a constituent, component, or subordinate part of a larger whole <the price of dinner includes dessert>. comprehend implies that something comes within the scope of a statement or definition <his system comprehends all history>. embrace implies a gathering of separate items within a whole <her faith embraces both Christian and non-Christian beliefs>. involve suggests inclusion by virtue of the nature of the whole, whether by being its natural or inevitable consequence <the new job involves a lot of detail>.

Rhymes with involve


Medical Dictionary

involve

transitive verb in·volve \in-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv\

Medical Definition of involve

in·volvedin·volv·ing

  1. :  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>






Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up involve? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

duvet spindrift kittly-benders pince-nez
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ