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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The process of purchasing one such home is much more involved than a typical home purchase, and without the right resources could turn into a money-guzzling and time-sucking investment. Eric Whitmer, House Beautiful, "What You Should Know Before Buying A Mid-Century Modern Home," 5 Apr. 2019 Today’s young women are more involved than ever before. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "All Womxn Project Launches New Campaign for International Women’s Day," 8 Mar. 2019 Social scientists Natalia Sarkisian and Naomi Gerstel found that single people have more social connections and are more involved in their communities than their married counterparts are. Samantha Bordman, Marie Claire, "Being Single May Make You Happier Than Ever," 8 Feb. 2019 When one of the bots recently detected a suspected thief attempting to steal company laptops late at night, humans were still very much involved. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "Is this robot really going to replace a security guard?," 8 Oct. 2018 In the current season of Flip or Flop, Tarek has been more involved in the design process than ever, and his new property gave him the perfect opportunity to flex those muscles once more, right down to the furnishings. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "See Inside Tarek El Moussa's Bachelor Pad Home Following Divorce From Christina," 2 Aug. 2018 The same is true for paternity leave as well, with evidence showing that fathers who take two or more weeks of leave are more involved in day-to-day childcare nine months after birth and later in life than fathers who do not. Alan Barber, Fortune, "Ivanka Trump’s Paid Leave Policy Would Be Disastrous. Here Are Some Better Options," 15 June 2018 However, of those studies, only four involved CBD (without THC)—none of which were looking at pain. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Do Topical CBD Products Actually Do Anything for Pain?," 19 Apr. 2019 Of the three founding partners, Jennings is most involved with Republican politics. Kate Storey, Town & Country, "Behind the PR Machine That Helped Change the Nick Sandmann Narrative," 25 Jan. 2019

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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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