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

Synonyms for involve


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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Experts aren’t yet sure of which specific genes may be involved in bipolar disorder heritability, but having a parent or sibling with the condition can increase your risk, according to the NIMH. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Things to Know About the Surprisingly Subtle Hypomanic Episodes of Bipolar Disorder," 30 Nov. 2018 Both have been perpetually cash-strapped, turning to Kickstarter to fund Wasteland 2 and Pillars of Eternity, and involved with game crowdfunding platform Fig in some capacity. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Microsoft acquires CRPG heavyweights Obsidian and InXile," 10 Nov. 2018 Zannier had never intended to open a hotel in Namibia, but his friend Angelina Jolie convinced him to purchase an available piece of land and work in collaboration with the Na’an ku sê Sanctuary (which Jolie is heavily involved with). Mary Holland, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Your Next Safari Should Be in Namibia," 6 Nov. 2018 Not this Halloween, Lara Jean 👻 — Jenny Han can't come to the phone right now (@jennyhan) October 28, 2018 Of course, letters were involved in many of the costumes. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Lara Jean Covey from “To All the Boys I've Loved Before” is Bringing Asian-American Representation to Halloween," 29 Oct. 2018 She and Jack were romantically involved at one point: Others, however, aren't so sure that the two were together. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Have Intense Theories About the Woman Wearing Jack’s Necklace in Episode 5," 24 Oct. 2018 The facial involves drawing blood from a vein in your arm, which is then run through a centrifuge to extract the platelets, according to Allure. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Tarek El Moussa Tries Out The Vampire Facial Trend, And You Can't Unsee The Results," 9 Oct. 2018 People involved in the supply chain said the resumption of the X is due in part to Apple’s contract with Samsung SDI Co. , a major provider of iPhone X’s organic-light emitting diode display, or OLED, panels. Takashi Mochizuki, WSJ, "Not so Big in Japan: Apple Cuts Price of iPhone XR to Boost Sales," 22 Nov. 2018 Earlier this month, the administration added more pressure by ending its practice of refueling Saudi-coalition aircraft involved in the conflict. Rick Noack, The Seattle Times, "85,000 children have starved to death during the Saudi-led intervention in Yemen, charity reports," 21 Nov. 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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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