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involved

[in-volvd] /ɪnˈvɒlvd/
adjective
1.
very intricate or complex:
an involved reply.
2.
implicated:
involved in crime.
3.
concerned in some affair, especially in a way likely to cause danger or unpleasantness:
I didn't call the police because I didn't want to get involved.
4.
committed or engaged, as in a political cause or artistic movement:
The civil rights demonstration attracted the involved young people of the area.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; involve + -ed2
Related forms
involvedly
[in-vol-vid-lee, -volvd-] /ɪnˈvɒl vɪd li, -ˈvɒlvd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
involvedness, noun
noninvolved, adjective
uninvolved, adjective
Synonyms
1. complicated, knotty, tangled, perplexing.
Antonyms
1. simple.

involve

[in-volv] /ɪnˈvɒlv/
verb (used with object), involved, involving.
1.
to include as a necessary circumstance, condition, or consequence; imply; entail:
This job involves long hours and hard work.
2.
to engage or employ.
3.
to affect, as something within the scope of operation.
4.
to include, contain, or comprehend within itself or its scope.
5.
to bring into an intricate or complicated form or condition.
6.
to bring into difficulties (usually followed by with):
a plot to involve one nation in a war with another.
7.
to cause to be troublesomely associated or concerned, as in something embarrassing or unfavorable:
Don't involve me in your quarrel!
8.
to combine inextricably (usually followed by with).
9.
to implicate, as in guilt or crime, or in any matter or affair.
10.
to engage the interests or emotions or commitment of:
to become involved in the disarmament movement; to become involved with another woman.
11.
to preoccupy or absorb fully (usually used passively or reflexively):
You are much too involved with the problem to see it clearly.
12.
to envelop or enfold, as if with a wrapping.
13.
to swallow up, engulf, or overwhelm.
14.
  1. Archaic. to roll, surround, or shroud, as in a wrapping.
  2. to roll up on itself; wind spirally; coil; wreathe.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English involven < Latin involvere to roll in or up, equivalent to in- in-2 + volvere to roll; see revolve
Related forms
involvement, noun
involver, noun
interinvolve, verb (used with object), interinvolved, interinvolving.
noninvolvement, noun
overinvolve, verb (used with object), overinvolved, overinvolving.
preinvolve, verb (used with object), preinvolved, preinvolving.
preinvolvement, noun
reinvolve, verb (used with object), reinvolved, reinvolving.
reinvolvement, noun
Synonyms
1. necessitate, require, demand. 6, 7, 9. Involve, entangle, implicate imply getting a person connected or bound up with something from which it is difficult to extricate himself or herself. To involve is to bring more or less deeply into something, especially of a complicated, embarrassing, or troublesome nature: to involve someone in debt. To entangle (usually passive or reflexive) is to involve so deeply in a tangle as to confuse and make helpless: to entangle oneself in a mass of contradictory statements. To implicate is to connect a person with something discreditable or wrong: implicated in a plot.
Antonyms
7. extricate.
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Examples for involved
  • The plot is surprisingly complicated and no drugs are involved.
  • The other accident involved a sightseeing helicopter carrying seven people, who all survived.
  • As you move up the administrative ladder, you will become increasingly involved with the world of accreditation.
  • They are likely to become more involved if video piracy continues to grow, in any case.
  • So even though it is still a negative comment about someone, it isn't directly hurtful to the parties involved in the exchange.
  • Meatballs are easy to make, and they're a good way to get everyone at the party involved in the cooking.
  • Areas involved in abstract reasoning and those that process emotions light up.
  • The reaction underscored the stakes involved in shale gas.
  • Understand the workings of the publishing community-and get involved.
  • Those are corporate issues that will be solved over time by the companies involved.
British Dictionary definitions for involved

involved

/ɪnˈvɒlvd/
adjective
1.
complicated; difficult to comprehend an involved literary style
2.
(usually postpositive) concerned or implicated one of the men involved
3.
(euphemistic) (postpositive) foll by with. having sexual relations she was involved with a number of men

involve

/ɪnˈvɒlv/
verb (transitive)
1.
to include or contain as a necessary part the task involves hard work
2.
to have an effect on; spread to the investigation involved many innocent people
3.
(often passive; usually foll by in or with) to concern or associate significantly many people were involved in the crime
4.
(often passive) to make complicated; tangle the situation was further involved by her disappearance
5.
(rare, often poetic) to wrap or surround
6.
(maths, obsolete) to raise to a specified power
Derived Forms
involvement, noun
involver, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin involvere to roll in, surround, from in-² + volvere to roll
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Word Origin and History for involved
adj.

"complicated," 1640s, past participle adjective from involve.

involve

v.

late 14c., "envelop, surround," from Latin involvere "envelop, surround, overwhelm," literally "roll into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + volvere "to roll" (see volvox). Originally "envelop, surround," sense of "take in, include" first recorded c.1600. Related: Involved; Involving.

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