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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, the June 8 request for assistance from Framatome is the only reason why the US became involved in the situation at all, multiple sources told CNN. Zachary Cohen, CNN, 14 June 2021 Szydlowski eventually became involved in a group known as WikiProject Poland, one of more than 2,000 such collaborations on English Wikipedia alone. Asaf Shalev,, 8 June 2021 His father later earned a law degree, set up an office in Phenix City and became involved in local and state politics. Mary Colurso |, al, 6 June 2021 As an engineer, Northcutt fought for better working conditions for women, including pregnancy leave and anti-discrimination policies, and became involved in state politics. Kate Smith, CBS News, 4 June 2021 Protasevich became involved in journalism and Belarus' pro-democracy movement as teenager, covering pro-democracy protests. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, 30 May 2021 Yet, as the government became more involved with science and technology, the executive branch took the lead. M. Anthony Mills, National Review, 30 May 2021 Her protests and persistence got the attention of Philadelphia Councilman David Oh, who became deeply involved in the fight to free Riddick and eventually sponsored a resolution asking Gov. Tom Wolf to pardon him. NBC News, 28 May 2021 Neville, who has worked on the Holiday Bowl for 30 years and run it since 2015, became involved in the transplant community after donating a kidney in 2019 to his family’s former nanny who lives in Texas. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2021

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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 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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