involved

adjective
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

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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Stay active, stay involved, surround yourself with people who have a firm life and continue to laugh a lot. Amy Spencer, Good Housekeeping, "This Is Us," 12 Feb. 2019 Texting could theoretically be more convenient for everybody involved. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google Maps will let you chat with businesses," 14 Nov. 2018 Farming, as any farmer will tell you, is a massively complex and involved undertaking. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "There's Real Money in Virtual Farming," 23 Jan. 2019 Despite several studies that confirm Black fathers are typically very involved in the lives of their children, an ugly string of representation of Black fatherhood permeates even the best and most honest images of Black fatherhood in existence. Joelle Monique, Teen Vogue, ""If Beale Street Could Talk" Highlights the Power of Love in a World Designed for Black People to Fail," 9 Jan. 2019 Real quick, the goal of Manny’s is to create a central place for people to become better informed and more involved citizens. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Ezra Klein and Kara Swisher on the future of journalism," 12 Dec. 2018 Our divorce was contentious and involved months of hearings. Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "10 Divorced Women on How They Spent Their First Single Night," 28 Nov. 2018 Google is getting much more deeply involved with our messages, and the result moves email in the right direction. Geoffrey A. Fowler, San Antonio Express-News, "The new Gmail sends self-destructing emails - and nudges you to reply to mom," 25 Apr. 2018 Nachazel has the luxury of working on different art projects at her own pace in between traveling to distant places and getting involved in community service projects. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Artist Judy Nachazel wears many hats as volunteer, traveler," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of involved

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 4

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involved

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of involved

: very complicated
: having a part in something : included in something
: actively participating in something

involved

adjective
in·​volved | \ in-ˈvälvd, -ˈvȯlvd\

Kids Definition of involved

: very complicated He told a long involved story.

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