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

Other Words from involved

involvedly \ in-​ˈväl-​vəd-​lē How to pronounce involved (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Hardy, a professional photographer, has been very involved in the planning process. Amanda Taheri, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2022 The Touchstones were very involved with their Catholic parish and often brought Ryan to Mass with them. Amanda Milkovits,, 3 Aug. 2022 This doesn’t mark the end of Meyer’s influence in the food world though: The restaurateur will remain involved at USHG to help craft new restaurants. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 2 Aug. 2022 Having been so involved in the advocacy that created the industry’s funding stream, Unumb now feels responsible to ensure quality in the industry. Erika Fry, Fortune, 29 July 2022 The Post reports that prosecutors are asking about how involved Trump was in efforts to appoint fake electors, which was led by his outside lawyers, which includes John Eastman and Rudy Giuliani. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 27 July 2022 The five perfect sons remain involved in Los Serranos — Ron was the general manager for a few years — and other Kramer enterprises. Bill Dwyre, Los Angeles Times, 27 June 2022 Refugio served in World War II and Pete in Korea — and the two women remain involved. Lola Sherman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2022 The Heinzens, who bought the home in 2019, will remain involved. Hartford Courant, 28 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of involved

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for involved

from past participle of involve

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“Involved.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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in·​volved | \ in-ˈvälvd, -ˈvȯlvd \

Kids Definition of involved

: very complicated He told a long involved story.

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