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

Synonyms for involve

Synonyms

affect, concern, touch

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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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According to the Rutgers Eagleton Institute in Politics, less than 26% of women are involved in state and federal politics. Salma Elsayed, Seventeen, "The Women’s March Inspired Me to Run for Office Someday," 18 Jan. 2019 The couple are heavily involved with Childhelp, a charity that provides support, mentoring, and education to victims of child abuse. Emma Dibdin, Country Living, "Hallmark's Jen Lilley and Her Husband Jason Wayne's Marriage Will Melt Your Heart," 1 Dec. 2018 When weekly extractions and laser treatments are involved, maintaining the enviable glass skin of a K-pop star can definitely uncomfortable. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How Beauty Keeps Tiffany Young True to Her K-Pop Roots," 9 Nov. 2018 In fact, a study analysis in Perspectives on Psychological Science suggests this feeling is involved in everything from depression and alcoholism, strokes, decreased immune system, and early death. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How to Deal With Loneliness and Feelings of Isolation," 11 Jan. 2019 And now, with a best-selling book to their names, a number of the ladies at Hubb are now involved in new charity projects of their own. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle in 2018: Why the Duchess of Success Is Just Getting Started," 31 Dec. 2018 None of these systems are 100 percent accurate, however; as a final step, humans get involved. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Bikes, bowling balls, and the delicate balancing act that is modern recycling," 31 Dec. 2018 Black’s son being involved may help explain certain aspects of the video, including references to multiple inside jokes PewDiePie fans would understand (such as the chair Black is sitting on). Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Jack Black is launching a new YouTube channel mostly dedicated to gaming," 26 Dec. 2018 Many of the seamstresses are retired, and are actively involved in their local churches. Kate Bennis, Good Housekeeping, "These Angel Gowns Bring Comfort to Grieving Families," 26 Dec. 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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