involve

verb
in·​volve | \ in-ˈvälv How to pronounce involve (audio) , -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 1 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

involver noun

Synonyms for involve

Synonyms

affect, concern, touch

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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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Unfortunately, a recent scandal involving Pam cooking sprays has us worried about the safety of the product. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "PSA: Cans of Pam Cooking Spray Have Been Exploding, Creating Massive Fireballs," 7 May 2019 And the actresses involved are making the announcements in a simple, direct way: by showing up on the red carpet with very visible baby bumps. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Keira Knightley Is Pregnant—and the Way She Announced It Is Surprising," 3 May 2019 The story of a pivotal moment in the disability rights movement is brought to light in Crip Camp, a documentary co-directed by Jim LeBrecht, who was himself involved at the time. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Barack and Michelle Obama Reveal the Netflix Movies and TV Shows They're Working On," 1 May 2019 Thankfully, there's a new crop of hair products hitting shelves that are meant to bring out the best in your natural texture, little to no extra effort involved. Glamour, "10 Air-Dry Hair Products That’ll Let You Sleep In Longer," 23 Apr. 2019 Surprisingly, so do postpartum weight loss and breastfeeding, both otherwise healthy behaviors, because these conditions both involve more fat moving through the body. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 18 Apr. 2019 But any excuse to binge-watch the Hallmark Channel is a good one—particularly when sun, sand, and summer love are involved. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "Hallmark Released Its 2019 'Countdown to Summer' Lineup and It Starts So Soon," 17 Apr. 2019 Evidence elsewhere suggests that burials in pits might have involved human sacrifice. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Water Pipeline Workers Stumble Across Dozens of Iron Age Skeletons," 15 Apr. 2019 Searches of the wreckage as of Thursday night had failed to locate the device believed to have been involved, said one of the people. Nizar Manek, The Seattle Times, "Ethiopian Boeing 737 MAX crash investigators seek missing sensor suspected of malfunctioning," 29 Mar. 2019

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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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involve

verb

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

involve

verb
in·​volve | \ in-ˈvälv How to pronounce involve (audio) , -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

involve

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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