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2 made or done with great care or with much detail
  • very involved descriptions of every last detail of the lavish wedding

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past tense of involve

Synonyms & Antonyms of involved (Entry 2 of 2)

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 adjective involved differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of involved are complex, complicated, intricate, and knotty. While all these words mean "having confusingly interrelated parts," involved implies extreme complication and often disorder.

a rambling, involved explanation

When is it sensible to use complex instead of involved?

In some situations, the words complex and involved are roughly equivalent. However, complex suggests the unavoidable result of a necessary combining and does not imply a fault or failure.

a complex recipe

When is complicated a more appropriate choice than involved?

The synonyms complicated and involved are sometimes interchangeable, but complicated applies to what offers great difficulty in understanding, solving, or explaining.

complicated legal procedures

Where would intricate be a reasonable alternative to involved?

While in some cases nearly identical to involved, intricate suggests such interlacing of parts as to make it nearly impossible to follow or grasp them separately.

an intricate web of deceit

In what contexts can knotty take the place of involved?

The meanings of knotty and involved largely overlap; however, knotty suggests complication and entanglement that make solution or understanding improbable.

knotty ethical questions

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The first known use of involved was in the 15th century

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“Involved.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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