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 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 How to pronounce involvement (audio) , -​ˈvȯlv-​ \ noun
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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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 Stack spice cookies and whipped cream for a playful twist on a classic Easter dessert — no carrots involved! Note: Total time does not include cooling and decorating. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Carrot Cookie Cake," 7 Mar. 2019 Rather, the craft—carried by a Falcon 9 rocket—will serve the purpose of running crucial tests for future SpaceX missions, which are poised to involve real astronauts. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceX Is Conducting Its First Passenger-Ready Launch on Saturday," 1 Mar. 2019 Which means that the obvious next step in the probe would seem to involve Trump or his company. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "What’s next for the Trump hush money investigation," 12 Dec. 2018 This charitable effort is just one of the many ways the Shadowhunters fanbase has been actively involved in supporting the show and its cast. Allie Gemmill, Teen Vogue, "The "Shadowhunters" Final Episode Will Be More Than 2 Hours Long," 28 Mar. 2019 Angela Robinson, director of Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, helped facilitate my connection to Time’s Up, in which she and Larson are heavily involved. Valerie Complex, Harper's BAZAAR, "Brie Larson Wants Captain Marvel to Change the Film Industry," 25 Mar. 2019 For young airmen, this has to be a good time to get involved in space operations. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "PM Interview: The Guardians of Orbit," 22 Mar. 2019 Gregory Peck even threatened to return his Oscars if Carr was involved in any further productions. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "The Oscars Last Had No Host In 1989 and It Was Pure Chaos," 24 Feb. 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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