involve

verb
in·​volve | \ in-ˈvälv How to pronounce involve (audio) , -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 1 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

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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Recent Examples on the Web Colombia is home to a swirl of armed groups, many of which are involved in drug production and trafficking. Azam Ahmed, BostonGlobe.com, "Murder rates were staggering. The virus has brought some quiet, for now.," 11 Apr. 2020 Cardinal Michael Czerny, a close adviser to Francis, said that the pontiff has seemed calm but also intensely involved in the church’s response to the virus in recent days. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "As They Console Coronavirus’s Victims, Italy’s Priests Are Dying, Too," 11 Apr. 2020 At least 15 deaths involved black or Latino workers. Ray Sanchez, CNN, "Coronavirus in black America: Living in the eye of a 'perfect storm'," 11 Apr. 2020 Crucially, Google and Apple say the system won't involve tracking user locations or even collecting any identifying data that would be stored on a server. Andy Greenberg, Wired, "How Apple and Google Are Enabling Covid-19 Contact-Tracing," 10 Apr. 2020 McCarthy’s florid dialogue and Scott’s hazy visuals are bewitching, and every actor gives an energetic performance dialed to ridiculous heights (one scene in particular, involving Diaz and a Ferrari, is hypnotically baffling). David Sims, The Atlantic, "30 Underrated Films You Should Revisit," 10 Apr. 2020 As many as 50 inmates were involved initially when the disturbance at the facility northwest of Kansas City began about 3 p.m, Bowman said. NBC News, "Inmates at Kansas prison take over cell block, damage property," 10 Apr. 2020 The big rig driver was unable to avoid the crash and struck all three vehicles involved, Cheng said. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "2 dead in chain-reaction crash involving Amazon truck in north Harris County," 10 Apr. 2020 Loeffler’s husband is the chairman and CEO of the Intercontinental Stock Exchange, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange, and some of her controversial sales involved ICE stocks and options from his compensation package. Dan Mclaughlin, National Review, "Other Senators Don’t Have Richard Burr’s Insider-Trading Problem," 9 Apr. 2020

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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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14 Apr 2020

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“Involve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/involve. Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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involve

verb
How to pronounce involve (audio)

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

involve

verb
in·​volve | \ in-ˈvälv How to pronounce involve (audio) , -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
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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