involve

verb
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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Microsoft employees recently protested the company’s contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency that has been involved in the separation of migrant children from their families at the border. New York Times, "Microsoft Urges Congress to Regulate Use of Facial Recognition," 13 July 2018 Police say the White Dodge Charger used for the armed robbery and shooting was the same one that was involved in the carjacking. Campbell Lutz, ajc, "Country club shooting victim ID’d as manager of several restaurants in D.C. area," 13 July 2018 In addition to revealing new correspondence between Jimenez and Cohen, the report also names other Novartis individuals who were involved in the arrangement. Ed Silverman, STAT, "Novartis, Michael Cohen contacts were more extensive than previously disclosed," 13 July 2018 This isn't the first time that Bregman has been involved in a mind-boggling walk-off play this season. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Houston Astros get wild walk-off win against Oakland Athletics," 11 July 2018 Those numbers represent the value of transactions their agents were involved in, not how much the firms or their agents earned on those deals. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Paragon Real Estate of SF acquired by Compass to form large brokerage," 10 July 2018 Makeup isn't the only category Cabello is involved in with L’Oréal Paris. Marci Robin, Allure, "Camilla Cabello Is Launching a Havana-Inspired Makeup Collection With L’Oréal Paris," 9 July 2018 Officials did confirm that five vehicles were involved, including three pickup trucks. Nathan J. Fish, azcentral, "Serious crash involving 5 vehicles shuts Phoenix intersection," 13 July 2018 Investigators are trying to determine whether foul play is involved in the 2-month-old’s death. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "Dad smothered screaming infant daughter — then tried to shock her back to life, Ark. police say," 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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involve

verb

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, -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

involve

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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