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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The disclosure came in the case involving 23-year-old Mackenzie Lueck. Washington Post, "Explosion reported at university dormitory," 6 July 2019 The Japanese government has scrapped supposedly scientific whaling expeditions in Antarctic waters that involved killing a much larger number of whales. The Economist, "Politics this week," 6 July 2019 Constant monitoring The third level of consumer vehicle protection involves having AI detect that a car is behaving differently. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Here's how hackers are making your Tesla, GM and Chrysler less vulnerable to attack," 5 July 2019 Nancy, working as an intern for a group of boorish male editors at the Hawkins Post, sniffs out a conspiracy theory involving rats acting abnormally and some missing fertilizer. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The American Paranoia of Stranger Things 3," 4 July 2019 Gary Buchanan of ALEA’s Marine Patrol said state lawmen responded to the crash on Lake Jordan between 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. The crash involved two boats, but details of what happened are still being determined. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Fourth of July boat crash leaves multiple people injured, 2 missing in central Alabama," 4 July 2019 We were made aware this morning of a serious car accident involving Kendrick Norton. NBC News, "Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Kendrick Norton has arm amputated after car crash," 4 July 2019 One caveat: If your lack of access to fireworks is due to the fire part of the equation, this replacement might not be the best option, as there is still some minor ignition involved. Boone Ashworth, WIRED, "Can't Set Off Fireworks? Try These Science-Backed Alternatives," 4 July 2019 Here's how a Nike found itself at the center of a heated political debate—and how one of the brand's biggest stars got involved. Gina Marinelli, Glamour, "Everything You Need to Know About the Nike 4th of July Sneaker Controversy," 3 July 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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The first known use of involve was in the 14th century

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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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