Definitions for involveɪnˈvɒlv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•volveɪnˈvɒlv(v.t.)-volved, -volv•ing.

  1. to include as a necessary circumstance, condition, or consequence; imply; entail:

    This job involves long hours.

  2. to engage or employ.

  3. to include within itself or its scope.

  4. to bring into an intricate or complicated form or condition.

  5. to cause to be troublesomely associated, as in something embarrassing or unfavorable:

    Don't involve me in your quarrel!

  6. to combine inextricably (usu. fol. by with).

  7. to implicate, as in guilt or crime, or in any matter or affair.

  8. to engage the interests or emotions or commitment of.

  9. to envelop or enfold, as if with a wrapping.

  10. Archaic. to roll, surround, or shroud, as in a wrapping. to roll up on itself; coil.

Origin of involve:

1350–1400; ME < L involvere to roll up, wrap up, envelop =in-in-2+volvere to roll

in•volve′ment(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. involve, affect, regard(verb)

    connect closely and often incriminatingly

    "This new ruling affects your business"

  2. involve(verb)

    engage as a participant

    "Don't involve me in your family affairs!"

  3. imply, involve(verb)

    have as a necessary feature

    "This decision involves many changes"

  4. necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demand(verb)

    require as useful, just, or proper

    "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"

  5. involve(verb)

    contain as a part

    "Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses"

  6. involve(verb)

    occupy or engage the interest of

    "His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"

  7. involve(verb)

    make complex or intricate or complicated

    "The situation was rather involved"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. involve(verb)ɪnˈvɒlv

    to consist of or include

    medical treatment that involves surgery; a video game that involves traveling through space

  2. involveɪnˈvɒlv

    to affect or concern

    This discussion does not involve you.

  3. involveɪnˈvɒlv

    to allow to take part

    It's important to involve children in the decision-making.

Wiktionary

  1. involve(Verb)

    To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.

  2. involve(Verb)

    To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity.

  3. involve(Verb)

    To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure.

  4. involve(Verb)

    To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.

  5. involve(Verb)

    To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge.

  6. involve(Verb)

    To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve a person in debt or misery.

  7. involve(Verb)

    To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb.

  8. involve(Verb)

    To raise to any assigned power; to multiply, as a quantity, into itself a given number of times; as, a quantity involved to the third or fourth power.

  9. involve(Verb)

    Status: involved

  10. Origin: From involvere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Involve(verb)

    to roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine

  2. Involve(verb)

    to envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity

  3. Involve(verb)

    to complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure

  4. Involve(verb)

    to connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply

  5. Involve(verb)

    to take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge

  6. Involve(verb)

    to envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve a person in debt or misery

  7. Involve(verb)

    to engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb

  8. Involve(verb)

    to raise to any assigned power; to multiply, as a quantity, into itself a given number of times; as, a quantity involved to the third or fourth power

Freebase

  1. Involve

    The Involve Foundation is a leading UK based charity focused on public participation.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'involve' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2460

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'involve' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2973

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'involve' in Verbs Frequency: #98


Translations for involve

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

involve(verb)

to require; to bring as a result

His job involves a lot of travelling.

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