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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So do his friendships with his co-workers Salvador and Squeeze (Jermaine Fowler and Steven Yeun, both excellent), who become involved in an increasingly noisy union protest outside the doors of RegalView. Justin Chang,, "Review: Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You' is an arrestingly surreal satire on class rage and cultural identity," 5 July 2018 Several weeks ago, Truby says, the History network became involved in the development of the documentary, both as a home and a creative adviser. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit train station documentary: How Ford, History made it happen," 29 June 2018 Carter urges people to become involved in the growth-planning process. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Night shift: Animals are retreating into the darkness out of fear of humans," 28 June 2018 Pete Fitzpatrick, 45, became involved in advocating for better facilities in the southwest area about five years ago when his children were at overcrowded Catonsville area schools. Liz Bowie,, "Candidates running for a seat on Baltimore County's first elected school board," 24 June 2018 During the Great Depression, Hillman became involved in politics. Alejandro De La Garza, Time, "5 Refugees Who Changed Modern American History," 20 June 2018 The plan is to be more involved with the food than Bluebird, Paul Benkert said. Wesley Case,, "Little Bird, a café from the Bluebird Cocktail Room team, to open in Hampden in August," 10 July 2018 Casey’s surgery was far more involved, virtually experimental. John Baer,, "Remembering the historic day Pa.'s Casey, Specter had critical surgeries | John Baer," 12 June 2018 Smithsonian Secretary Charles Doolittle Wolcott, who was then deeply involved in research efforts for the war, was moved by the acquisition and wrote back to Morrison. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian, "A Hundred-Year-Old Handmade American Flag Flies Home… to Scotland," 30 Apr. 2018

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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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