in·​volved in-ˈvälvd How to pronounce involved (audio)
 also  -ˈvävd,
 or  -ˈvȯvd
: having a part in something : included in something
unable to identify those who were involved
She was involved in a lawsuit.
: actively participating in something
an involved citizen active in local politics
: having a romantic or sexual relationship
warned her not to get romantically involved
: marked by extreme and often needless or excessive complexity
a long and involved story
: 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
: being affected or implicated
… dealing with … the most severely involved patientsR. J. Thomas
obsolete : involute, twisted
in-ˈväl-vəd-lē How to pronounce involved (audio)
 also  -ˈvä-vəd-
 or  -ˈvȯ-
Choose the Right Synonym for involved

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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Word History


from past participle of involve

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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The first known use of involved was in the 15th century

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“Involved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


: very complicated
a long and involved story

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