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 Because of this, the best way to fundraise effectively is to actively involve yourself in your local startup community and in time to find people who would vouch for you and introduce you to investors that could match your goals and interests. Abdo Riani, Forbes, "5 Common Mistakes When Fundraising For Your Startup," 10 May 2021 Companies may be reluctant to involve bodies such as the Secret Service over fears of later enforcement actions from regulators, said Peter Marta, a partner at law firm Hogan Lovells LLP. James Rundle, WSJ, "How Can Companies Cope with Ransomware?," 9 May 2021 Lightfoot, whose daughter attends a private school, has promised to involve the community in her decision about their next schools leader like never before. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Departing CPS CEO Janice Jackson has been tied to the district since preschool. Can her replacement succeed without such deep Chicago roots?," 8 May 2021 Their separation is expected to involve a wealth transfer on a scale that’s only been seen in a few other divorces, though few details have yet emerged. Tom Maloney, Fortune, "Melinda Gates has received $2 billion in stock since her divorce announcement," 6 May 2021 Mother’s Day ideas don’t have to involve elaborate spa days. Washington Post, "Six things moms really need this Mother’s Day," 5 May 2021 His role was expected to involve watching film, player evaluation and advance scouting. Dave Clark, The Enquirer, "Report: Luke Kuechly, former St. Xavier HS star, resigned as Carolina Panthers' pro scout," 4 May 2021 This time, Kenefick said, he's tried to involve neighbors from the start. James Walsh, Star Tribune, "Project to replace St. Paul's Dixie's On Grand sparks neighborhood debate," 4 May 2021 In this book, too, Bechdel’s most rewarding experiences with exercise tend to involve getting lost rather than getting ripped. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Alison Bechdel’s Ultimate Workout," 3 May 2021

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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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13 May 2021

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“Involve.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/involve. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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 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

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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