very intricate or complex: an involved reply.
implicated: involved in crime.
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.
committed or engaged, as in a political cause or artistic movement: The civil rights demonstration attracted the involved young people of the area.

1600–10; involve + -ed2

involvedly [in-vol-vid-lee, -volvd-] , adverb
involvedness, noun
noninvolved, adjective
uninvolved, adjective

1. complicated, knotty, tangled, perplexing.

1. simple. Unabridged


verb (used with object), involved, involving.
to include as a necessary circumstance, condition, or consequence; imply; entail: This job involves long hours and hard work.
to engage or employ.
to affect, as something within the scope of operation.
to include, contain, or comprehend within itself or its scope.
to bring into an intricate or complicated form or condition.
to bring into difficulties (usually followed by with ): a plot to involve one nation in a war with another.
to cause to be troublesomely associated or concerned, as in something embarrassing or unfavorable: Don't involve me in your quarrel!
to combine inextricably (usually followed by with ).
to implicate, as in guilt or crime, or in any matter or affair.
to engage the interests or emotions or commitment of: to become involved in the disarmament movement; to become involved with another woman.
to preoccupy or absorb fully (usually used passively or reflexively): You are much too involved with the problem to see it clearly.
to envelop or enfold, as if with a wrapping.
to swallow up, engulf, or overwhelm.
Archaic. to roll, surround, or shroud, as in a wrapping.
to roll up on itself; wind spirally; coil; wreathe.

1350–1400; Middle English involven < Latin involvere to roll in or up, equivalent to in- in-2 + volvere to roll; see revolve

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

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.

7. extricate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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involve (ɪnˈvɒlv)
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, poetic often to wrap or surround
6.  obsolete maths to raise to a specified power
[C14: from Latin involvere to roll in, surround, from in-² + volvere to roll]

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

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Word Origin & History

1382, from L. involvere "entangle, envelop," lit. "roll into," from in- "in" + volvere "to roll" (see vulva). Originally "envelop, surround," sense of "take in, include" first recorded 1605. Involved "complicated" is from 1643.
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Example sentences
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.
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