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

Synonyms for involve


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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The negotiations involve the Sackler family, which owns Purdue and has seen some of its donations to museums returned over the opioid issue. The Economist, "Business this week," 31 Aug. 2019 American cyclist Tejay van Garderen dropped out a day after being involved in a crash . . ., "Rory McIlroy surges to within a shot of lead at European Masters," 30 Aug. 2019 Combs, born Jessica (Jessi) Michelle Combs, died at age 36 after being involved in a crash in Oregon. Eric Todisco,, "Late Mythbusters Star Jessi Combs Almost Lost Her Life in Freak Accident 12 Years Ago," 29 Aug. 2019 Gottlieb, who left the FDA in April, said concerns surrounding a possible seizure risk linked to e-cigarettes in part focused on whether high-dose nicotine products were involved. Los Angeles Times, "Reports linking Juul e-cigarettes to seizures started FDA investigation," 29 Aug. 2019 The Bankruptcy Code creates a committee of unsecured creditors – those without assets backing their claims – to advocate on behalf of claimants who are likely not involved in the case. Lindsey Simon, The Conversation, "Why companies file for bankruptcy – and how it protects both debtors and creditors," 29 Aug. 2019 And Lambert's father worked with Smith and was involved in some of the same organizations. Dylan Segelbaum, USA TODAY, "Former Pa. scoutmaster, citizen of the year focus of inquiry into decades of sex abuse," 28 Aug. 2019 Two people, suspected of a carjacking outside a Tempe WalMart then causing a multi-vehicle crash in Scottsdale now are facing murder charges, after a man involved in the crash died from his injuries, police said Wednesday. Christopher Roth, azcentral, "Suspects in carjacking, Scottsdale crash now face murder charges," 28 Aug. 2019 While Rommelmann denied being involved in the business, state records listed her as the manager at one time., "Beleaguered Ristretto Roasters closes another Portland location," 28 Aug. 2019

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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 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


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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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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