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 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
to roll; see revolve
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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.
(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.
is to connect a person with something discreditable or wrong: implicated in a plot.