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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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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Recent Examples on the Web At least one-third of the department's calls for service, Moore said, involve people who are mentally ill or emotionally disturbed. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, "'Perfect storm': Defund the police, COVID-19 lead to biggest police budget cuts in decade," 31 July 2020 For me, that might involve emailing potential sources, responding to a few emails, or looking at next week to see how my priorities need to shift. Patia Braithwaite, SELF, "8 Tiny Things I’ve Tried to Make Mondays More Pleasant," 31 July 2020 Such modifications could involve a stoppage of a season, then a re-start. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "It's still a go: OHSAA set for fall sports but await OK for contact competitions," 31 July 2020 This might involve the purchase of a new vehicle, including a bicycle., "Horoscope," 31 July 2020 The answer could involve tearing the public-health data system down and building it again from scratch. Maryn Mckenna, Wired, "Covid-19 Data in the US Is an ‘Information Catastrophe’," 30 July 2020 The relocation itself will involve about 20 workers and five trailers, Saucedo said, and is being managed by the Postal Service’s maintenance department. Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje,, "After 50 years, a change of address for post office in Alamo Heights," 6 July 2020 Reasons could involve people seeking new job skills, having more time to take classes, or searching out lower-cost alternatives to four-year schools. Rich Exner, cleveland, "Taking college classes online this fall? Here’s how students can save a lot of money – That’s Rich!," 2 July 2020 New cases in the municipality involve several people who had contact with dozens of people, while earlier in the pandemic, cases typically involved people with just a few close contacts. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, "State records another daily high with 50 more Alaskan and nonresident COVID-19 cases," 2 July 2020

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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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4 Aug 2020

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“Involve.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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 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
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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