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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
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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British Dictionary definitions for involves

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 involves

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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