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

Other Words from involve

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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First Known Use of involve

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for involve

Middle English envolven, involven "to cloud (with obscurities), envelop (in darkness, vice), encumber, surround," borrowed from Latin involvere "to move by rolling, roll back on itself, enclose in a covering, wrap up" (Medieval Latin, "to envelop [in tears, shadows], engage in an affair or occupation, implicate, ensnare"), from in- in- entry 2 + volvere "to set in a circular course, cause to roll, bring round" — more at wallow entry 2

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“Involve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for involve


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


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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