in·volve | \in-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv\
involved; involving

Definition of involve 

transitive verb

1a : to engage as a participant workers involved in building a house

b : to oblige to take part right of Congress to involve the nation in war

c : to occupy (someone, such as oneself) absorbingly especially : to commit (someone) emotionally was involved with a married man

2a : to have within or as part of itself : include

b : to require as a necessary accompaniment : entail

c : affect entry 3 the cancer involved the lymph nodes

3 : to relate closely : connect

4 : to surround as if with a wrapping : envelop

5 archaic : to enfold or envelop so as to encumber

6 archaic : to wind, coil, or wreathe about

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Other Words from involve

involvement \in-ˈvälv-mənt, -ˈvȯlv- \ noun
involver noun

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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

Examples of involve in a Sentence

He told us a story involving life on a farm. She remained involved with the organization for many years. Renovating the house involved hiring a contractor. The disease continued to spread until it involved the entire jaw.
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In a field where disconnect abounds, its annual workshop is a chance for academics to brush shoulders with emergency management officials, sociologists, engineers, rescuers and those involved in longer-term recovery. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Fires, floods, hurricanes: Disaster experts weigh ‘new normal’," 14 July 2018 Police called the sting, which involved multiple undercover officers, both male and female, a routine operation. Elizabeth Chuck /, NBC News, "Stormy Daniels dances at another Ohio club night after arrest," 13 July 2018 The seating project, which also involves new railing and flooring in places, comes to $3 million — all but $350,000 of which is raised. Peter Dobrin,, "Academy of Music is replacing its lumpy old seats - and, no, you're not getting cup holders," 12 July 2018 Not all women with breast cancer need chemo, which involves taking anti-cancer drugs by mouth or intravenously. Blake Bakkila,, "35-Year-Old Olympic Gold Medalist Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis in Emotional Post," 12 July 2018 In this instance, Blair was likely hoping not just that her tweets would go viral, but that out of it would come a new relationship, new followers for all those involved, and perhaps a BuzzFeed job for herself. Rosemary Donahue, Allure, "The Problem With "Plane Bae" and Using Strangers for Entertainment," 11 July 2018 For many business owners, there is also the tricky navigation of dividing assets between your business-active children and those not involved with the business. Tom Cooney And Crystal Faulkner,, "Careful planning essential when transferring business ownership to children," 11 July 2018 Following the killing, those allegedly involved wrote notes of apology to the victim’s family on Facebook. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Connecticut Troopers Capture 12th Suspect In Brutal Slaying Of NYC Teen," 10 July 2018 This was after McKinsey’s work with ICE, which apparently did not involve helping the agency carry out immigration policies, was exposed in a report last month. David Meyer, Fortune, "McKinsey Is No Longer Working With ICE, the Agency at the Heart of the Family Separations Scandal," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of involve

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for involve

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

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English Language Learners Definition of involve

: 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


in·volve | \in-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv\
involved; involving

Kids Definition of involve

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

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

3 : include The accident involved three cars.

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

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

Other Words from involve

involvement \-mənt \ noun


transitive verb
in·volve | \in-ˈvälv, -ˈvȯlv also -ˈväv or -ˈvȯv\
involved; involving

Medical Definition of involve 

: 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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