in·​volved | \in-ˈvälvd, -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, -​ˈvȯl-​ also -​ˈvä-​vəd-​ or -​ˈvȯ-​ \ adverb

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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When the Air Force ran a new competition, Northrop Grumman opted not to become involved. Doug Cameron, WSJ, "Lockheed-Airbus Challenge Boeing’s Grip on Pentagon Tanker Fleet," 4 Dec. 2018 Since becoming a duchess, Markle has become closely involved with the organization: Proceeds from her charity cookbook Together: Our Community Kitchen benefit the women's efforts. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle's Affordable Club Monaco Coat Is on Sale Right Now," 21 Nov. 2018 When did 32-year-old global icons at the height of their powers become involved? Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Low-Key (But Still Luxe) Las Vegas," 22 Oct. 2018 One avenue is to make better laws about protecting your DNA, beyond the 2008 federal law called GINA (The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act), and for states to become more involved. John Brandon, Fox News, "Could hackers steal your DNA and sell it?," 21 Aug. 2018 Several figures from the leadership of Justice Democrats became closely involved with Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign. Stephen R. Groves, The Seattle Times, "Ocasio-Cortez stumps for insurgent Democrats in the Midwest," 16 July 2018 There are many ways for individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and colleges and universities to become involved. Kitty Leshay, Courant Community, "Sustainable CT: A Helping Hand To Vibrant Communities," 10 July 2018 The union did not represent the teachers but became involved when an Odyssey teacher was terminated after participating in an unsuccessful effort earlier in 2016 to unionize the teachers at the school. Kathleen Megan,, "Former Odyssey Principal Surrenders Educator Certificate Following State Investigation," 10 July 2018 As Snellville moves ahead with their 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update, the city has planned two upcoming events to allow the entire community to become involved. Karen Huppertz, ajc, "Citizens invited to share ideas at two upcoming Snellville events," 7 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'involved.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of involved

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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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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