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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How the professors became involved Daniel Gladish, a professor of botany, and John Cinnamon, a professor of anthropology, were both suspended after Provost Phyllis Callahan read MUPD's report. Maia Anderson,, "The iboga tree affair: A confiscated shrub, hallucinogenics and suspended professors rile Miami University campus," 3 July 2019 Young people between the ages of 13-23 who are interested in getting involved can find more information at Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Public service pays off for Louisville's Congressional Gold Medal for Youth winners," 26 June 2019 The country’s sports market is booming as more people become involved in fitness and adopt sportswear as fashion. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Nike reportedly halted a shoe release in China after its co-designer supported Hong Kong protesters," 26 June 2019 The board began creating the standard 10 years ago, and legislators have recently become more involved. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "California Legislators Urge Caution, but Greenlight a Plan That Could Lead to the Widespread Use of Forestry Offsets," 21 June 2019 Neither the union nor the symphony has officially asked the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to become involved in the dispute. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, musicians endure first work stoppage in 31 years. But they're still talking.," 18 June 2019 Most fathers are no longer the sole breadwinners and have become more involved in family life. National Geographic, "Enjoy Father's Day? Thank the woman who spent 62 years campaigning for it.," 17 June 2019 When couples divorce, mothers become less involved in their children’s schooling, usually because of having to work longer hours outside the home. Jessica Troilo, The Conversation, "Divorced dads often dissed by schools," 14 June 2019 Men tend to move into activities like making pots when the product is in demand, and often their whole family will become involved in the production. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Ancient Fingerprints Show Men and Women Both Made Pottery in the American Southwest," 28 May 2019

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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