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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Essex Assistant district attorney Jessica Strasnick argued in the motion that the public release of those records, which contain undisclosed details about the case, would impede the investigation and jeopardize the privacy of the involved minors. Deanna Pan,, "Lawrence man pleads not guilty to rape, drug charges in connection with death of 13-year-old," 19 July 2019 Pictures of the crash indicate all the involved vehicles either rear-ended someone or were rear-ended, except for the patrol car, which has damage on the driver’s side. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Six-car crash on Vasco Road, eight injured; sheriff patrol car involved in wreck," 19 July 2019 In 2017, approximately 29,461 involved synthetic opioids. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Overdose deaths down slightly in Michigan, across nation," 19 July 2019 The collision resulted in two individuals from the other involved vehicle suffering life-threatening injuries. Natalie Stone,, "Drunk Driver Accused of Killing Sarah Hyland's Cousin, 14, in Crash Pleads No Contest to Homicide," 18 July 2019 Unfortunately, Audrina's contentious divorce involved conflicts over whether her daughter would appear on The Hills reboot. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Audrina Patridge's Love Life," 18 July 2019 The agreement requires manufacturers to allot a portion of their U.S. cigarette sales to a fund that is then split up among the involved states and territories each year in reparations for costs of tobacco use. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Indiana was a 'leader' in tobacco prevention. Now it's falling behind.," 15 July 2019 The show captures the personality and humor in the process, Tocco said, focusing more on the people involved than just the houses. Riley Murdock, azcentral, "Scottsdale realtor Kimberly Tocco starred in recent HGTV's 'Pool Hunters' premiere," 13 July 2019 Up next: The board has a year to review applications and conduct background checks on all involved parties before issuing licenses for the new casinos. Dan Petrella,, "Illinois gambling expansion could take a while. Here’s a look at what’s to come.," 13 July 2019

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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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