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

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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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All those involved share responsibility for the fiasco and its lamentable consequences for millions of Americans. Robert M. Gates, WSJ, "To End the Shutdown, Try Thinking Big on Immigration," 18 Jan. 2019 Christopher knew the two should never become involved romantically, no matter what the fans wanted. Samantha Drake, Country Living, "Christopher Meloni and His Wife Sherman Share the Secret to Their 20+ Year Marriage," 12 Jan. 2019 As long as everybody involved is acquainted with each other, these movies tend to treat those rapes as harmless hijinks. Constance Grady, Vox, "The rape culture of the 1980s, explained by Sixteen Candles," 27 Sep. 2018 Investigators looked into threats involving a range of people in an array of states, at times recommending criminal prosecution of those involved – though federal prosecutors often declined to move forward with charges. Author: Brady Dennis, Juliet Eilperin, Anchorage Daily News, "Obtained EPA memo shows argument for Pruitt’s first-class travel," 8 May 2018 Please join us in praying for all those involved and that truth and justice will prevail. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Christian radio DJ accused of rape, sexual assault and slew of other charges," 28 Apr. 2018 The deal announced Friday allows Kingsland to monetize its Avianca stake through a put agreement with United but remain involved in the company. Cara Lombardo, WSJ, "United Reaches Deal on Avianca Loan, Partnership," 30 Nov. 2018 While Pierpaolo Piccioli sits at the helm of Valentino as its Creative Director, Valentino Garavani and Giancarlo Giammetti remain involved in the brand’s special projects, and are seen in the front row each season. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything To Know About Gwyneth Paltrow's Wedding Dress," 29 Sep. 2018 McMillan said while Oladipo would be off the ball there’d be some wrinkles to get him better involved. J. Michael Falgoust, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers vs. Cavs: 3 things to watch, including how to free Victor Oladipo," 27 Apr. 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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