# involve

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verb in·volve \in-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv\

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## involving

1. ###### transitive verb
2. 1 archaic :  to enfold or envelop so as to encumber

3. 2a :  to engage as a participant workers involved in building a houseb :  to oblige to take part right of Congress to involve the nation in warc :  to occupy (someone, such as oneself) absorbingly; especially :  to commit (someone) emotionally was involved with a married man

4. 3 :  to surround as if with a wrapping :  envelop

5. 4a archaic :  to wind, coil, or wreathe aboutb :  to relate closely :  connect

6. 5a :  to have within or as part of itself :  includeb :  to require as a necessary accompaniment :  entailc :  3affect the cancer involved the lymph nodes

## involvement

play \in-ˈvälv-mənt, -ˈvȯlv-\ noun

noun

## Examples of involve in a Sentence

1. He told us a story involving life on a farm.

2. She remained involved with the organization for many years.

3. Renovating the house involved hiring a contractor.

4. The disease continued to spread until it involved the entire jaw.

## Recent Examples of involve from the Web

• But at least the movie that precedes it involves actual characters—
• Mr. Spicer appears to also be double counting some of these defense contractors involved in the arms deals as part of the $270 billion pool. • On Wednesday, before publicly discussing the program, the second of its kind in Connecticut, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy met with three women involved in LEAP at York. • At the time, Gregg said, the significance of the battle was lost on pretty much everyone involved except the admirals. • Such waivers are needed when officials want to work on policies or other government issues that they were directly involved in recently as private-sector lobbyists or industry lawyers. • The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and MoveOn.org used the Wednesday night incident, involving reporter Ben Jacobs of the Guardian of London, in online and radio ads to spur last-minute voter registration and turnout. • Neither the meeting nor the communications of Americans involved were under U.S. surveillance, officials said. • One of them is the PHH Corporation, a mortgage-lending company that, in 2015, the bureau whacked with a$109 million fine for a kickback scheme involving PHH and mortgage lenders to whom the company referred its customers.

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## Origin and Etymology of involve

Middle English, to roll up, wrap, from Latin involvere, from in- + volvere to roll — more at voluble

## Synonym Discussion of involve

include, comprehend, embrace, involve mean to contain within as part of the whole. include suggests the containment of something as a constituent, component, or subordinate part of a larger whole. the price of dinner includes dessert comprehend implies that something comes within the scope of a statement or definition. his system comprehends all history embrace implies a gathering of separate items within a whole. her faith embraces both Christian and non-Christian beliefs involve suggests inclusion by virtue of the nature of the whole, whether by being its natural or inevitable consequence. the new job involves a lot of detail

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## Definition of involve for English Language Learners

• : to have or include (someone or something) as a part of something

• : to cause (someone) to be included in some activity, situation, etc. : to cause (someone) to take part in something

• : to cause (someone) to be associated with someone or something

## involve

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verb in·volve \in-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv\

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## involving

1. 1 :  to draw into a situation :  engage The teacher involved her students in the project.

2. 2 :  to take part in I'm not involved in the planning.

3. 3 :  include The accident involved three cars.

4. 4 :  to be accompanied by The plan involves some risk.

5. 5 :  to have or take the attention of completely He was deeply involved in his work.

\-mənt\ noun

## Word Root of involve

The Latin word volvere, meaning “to roll” or “to turn around,” gives us the root volv. Words from the Latin volvere have something to do with turning. To revolve is to turn in circles or travel on a circular path. To evolve, or grow or develop out of something else, is to unroll from a source. To involve, or include, is to roll someone into a situation.

## involve

transitive verb in·volve \in-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv\

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## involving

1. :  to affect with a disease or condition :  include in an area of damage, trauma, or insult all the bones of the skull were involved in the proliferative process herpes involved the trigeminal nerve severely involved patients were isolated lacerations involved the muscles

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