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involve

verb

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1 to be the business or affair of
  • this isn't something that involves you, so don't worry about it

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2 to have as part of a whole
  • a tragic play usually involves a number of plot devices, including the hero's fatal flaw

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3 to hold the attention of
  • her blissful daydream so completely involved her that she never heard the knock on the door

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4 to surround or cover closely
  • a mind that was deeply involved in doubt about his wife's fidelity

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How does the verb involve contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of involve are comprehend, embrace, and include. While all these words mean "to contain within as part of the whole," 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

When can comprehend be used instead of involve?

The synonyms comprehend and involve are sometimes interchangeable, but comprehend implies that something comes within the scope of a statement or definition.

his system comprehends all history

When would embrace be a good substitute for involve?

The words embrace and involve are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, embrace implies a gathering of separate items within a whole.

her faith embraces both Christian and non-Christian beliefs

When might include be a better fit than involve?

The meanings of include and involve largely overlap; however, include suggests the containment of something as a constituent, component, or subordinate part of a larger whole.

the price of dinner includes dessert

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The first known use of involve was in the 14th century

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“Involve.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/involve. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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