in·volve | \ in-ˈvälv , -ˈvȯlv also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv \
involved; involving

Definition of involve 

transitive verb

1a : 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 (someone, such as oneself) absorbingly especially : to commit (someone) emotionally was involved with a married man

2a : to have within or as part of itself : include

b : to require as a necessary accompaniment : entail

c : affect entry 3 the cancer involved the lymph nodes

3 : to relate closely : connect

4 : to surround as if with a wrapping : envelop

5 archaic : to enfold or envelop so as to encumber

6 archaic : to wind, coil, or wreathe about

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Other words from involve

involvement \in-ˈvälv-mənt, -ˈvȯlv- \ noun
involver noun

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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

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.
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That means that Lloris is less involved, yet somehow more essential to France’s success. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "France to Hugo Lloris: Get Back in Goal," 13 July 2018 Another vehicle also was involved and shots may have been fired between the two vehicles, Armstrong said. David Harris,, "One man injured in apparent shooting in east Orange County," 14 July 2018 But investors and analysts, along with a banker not involved in the bidding, don't expect Fox to sit idly by and try to seal a deal of its own. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, "What's Next in the Bidding War for Sky?," 13 July 2018 Police believe Leon was involved in the plot to kill Ted Shaughnessy, the owner of an Austin jewelry business. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Third suspect in Texas teen's alleged murder-for-hire plot of father is arrested," 13 July 2018 The investigation by the Jones Day law firm also found that the problem was not limited to the online MBA, but did not specify which other Fox programs were involved. Susan Snyder,, "AG's office opens probe into Temple business school scandal," 13 July 2018 The process of cleansing natural curls is kind of like making a soufflé: A lot of waiting around and temperature adjustments are involved in order to keep coils defined and frizz-free. Devon Abelman, Allure, "11 Curl-Washing Tips From Real Women With Kinky-Curly Hair," 12 July 2018 The government didn’t accept that people from civil society could be involved in political decision-making in Tunisia. Vivienne Walt, Time, "Meet 4 Crusaders Who Are Keeping the Dream of Democracy Alive," 12 July 2018 While determinations on an eighth season has yet to be made, production is casting and Miller is involved in the process, a rep for Lifetime confirms to PEOPLE. Christina Dugan,, "Abby Lee Miller Involved with Possible 8th Season of Dance Moms amid Cancer Battle," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of involve

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for involve

Middle English, to roll up, wrap, from Latin involvere, from in- + volvere to roll — more at voluble

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The first known use of involve was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners 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


in·volve | \ in-ˈvälv , -ˈvȯlv \
involved; involving

Kids Definition of involve

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.

Other words from involve

involvement \-mənt \ noun


transitive verb
in·volve | \ in-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv \
involved; involving

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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