in·​volved | \ in-ˈvälvd How to pronounce involved (audio) , -ˈvȯlvd also -ˈvävd or -ˈvȯvd \

Definition of involved

1a : having a part in something : included in something unable to identify those who were involved She was involved in a lawsuit.
b : actively participating in something an involved citizen active in local politics
c : having a romantic or sexual relationship warned her not to get romantically involved
2a : marked by extreme and often needless or excessive complexity a long and involved story
b : difficult to deal with because of complexity or disorder Her husband had been extravagant; and at his death … had left his affairs dreadfully involved.— Jane Austen
3 : being affected or implicated … dealing with … the most severely involved patients— R. J. Thomas
4 obsolete : involute, twisted

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Other Words from involved

involvedly \ in-​ˈväl-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce involvedly (audio) , -​ˈvȯl-​ also  -​ˈvä-​vəd-​ or  -​ˈvȯ-​ \ adverb

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complex, complicated, intricate, involved, knotty mean having confusingly interrelated parts. complex suggests the unavoidable result of a necessary combining and does not imply a fault or failure. a complex recipe complicated applies to what offers great difficulty in understanding, solving, or explaining. complicated legal procedures intricate suggests such interlacing of parts as to make it nearly impossible to follow or grasp them separately. an intricate web of deceit involved implies extreme complication and often disorder. a rambling, involved explanation knotty suggests complication and entanglement that make solution or understanding improbable. knotty ethical questions

Examples of involved in a Sentence

a long and involved story The instructions for assembling the toy are very involved. The process is quite involved. Those of us who were involved knew exactly what happened. Students who stay involved get more out of the program. If you want to make things better, you need to get involved. They quickly became romantically involved. No one knew that they were involved.
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Recent Examples on the Web Cooking involved family recipes that were passed down through generations and meant to be shared. Christian Reynoso,, "Cooking with legendary Bay Area drag queen helped me see beauty in community," 25 June 2020 In Mexico, the group run into her ex (played by Lamorne Morris), who becomes involved in their plan. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "New on Netflix in July 2020: 'Kissing Booth 2,' 'Baby-Sitters Club,' Charlize Theron," 24 June 2020 This is despite evidence that paternity leave leads to dads being more involved fathers in the long run, and more equitably dividing chores with their partners. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "Fatherhood and the pandemic: How men are stepping up with child care," 19 June 2020 Toddlers with involved fathers go on to start school with higher levels of academic readiness. Josh Levs, Scientific American, "One Upside of COVID-19: Kids Are Spending More Time with Dads," 18 June 2020 The ensuing melee went on for hours in the darkness and involved batons, rods, clubs, and stones. Joanna Slater,, "India and China trade barbs after ‘gang war’ high in the Himalayas," 17 June 2020 As the investigation grew, drawing in the FBI and eBay's legal department, the involved officials began hiding evidence by deleting messages and social media accounts and erasing phones used in the campaign. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Cockroaches, a bloody pig mask, and a coverup. The 5 craziest allegations against former eBay officials," 15 June 2020 The Oregonian/OregonLive has submitted formal public records requests to Portland police, Gresham police and other involved agencies seeking that information. oregonlive, "Portland police slow to provide information about use of force, outside help during protests," 9 June 2020 After speaking with an apartment complex employee and watching surveillance video, police learned that the incident began when a car pulled up to the apartment lot and one of the involved male suspects got out. cleveland, "Gunfire erupts over attempted sunglasses robbery: Cleveland Heights Police Blotter," 5 June 2020

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First Known Use of involved

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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“Involved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of involved

: very complicated
: having a part in something : included in something
: actively participating in something


in·​volved | \ in-ˈvälvd, -ˈvȯlvd \

Kids Definition of involved

: very complicated He told a long involved story.

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