Definitions for involve
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word involve.
involve, affect, regardverb
connect closely and often incriminatingly
"This new ruling affects your business"
engage as a participant
"Don't involve me in your family affairs!"
have as a necessary feature
"This decision involves many changes"
necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, involve, call for, demandverb
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"
contain as a part
"Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses"
occupy or engage the interest of
"His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
make complex or intricate or complicated
"The situation was rather involved"
To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity.
To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure.
To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge.
To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve a person in debt or misery.
To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb.
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.
Etymology: From involvere.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: involvo, Latin.
Leave a singed bottom all involv'd
With stench and smoke. John Milton.
No man could miss his way to heaven for want of light; and yet so vain are they as to think they oblige the world by involving it in darkness. Decay of Piety.
In a cloud involv'd, he takes his flight,
Where Greeks and Trojans mix'd in mortal fight. Dryden.
We cannot demonstrate these things so as to shew that the contrary necessarily involves a contradiction. John Tillotson.
He knows his end with mine involv'd. John Milton.
The gath'ring number, as it moves along,
Involves a vast involuntary throng. Alexander Pope.
Sin we should hate altogether; but our hatred of it may involve the person which we should not hate at all. Thomas Sprat.
One death involves
Tyrants and slaves. James Thomson, Summer.
This reference of the name to a thing whereof we have no idea, is so far from helping at all, that it only serves the more to involve us in difficulties. John Locke.
As obscure and imperfect ideas often involve our reason, so do dubious words puzzle mens reason. John Locke.
Some involv'd their snaky folds. John Milton.
Syllogism is of necessary use, even to the lovers of truth, to shew them the fallacies that are often concealed in florid, witty, or involved discourses. John Locke.
Earth with hell mingle and involve. John Milton.
To involve is to include or engage a person, thing, or factor as a necessary or significant aspect, in an action, event, situation or to have participation in something. It could also mean to significantly affect or concern oneself with a particular activity or situation.
to roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine
to envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity
to complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure
to connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply
to take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge
to envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve a person in debt or misery
to engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb
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
The Involve Foundation is a leading UK based charity focused on public participation.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
in-volv′, v.t. to wrap up: to envelop: to implicate: to include: to complicate: to overwhelm: to catch: (arith.) to multiply a quantity into itself any given number of times.—n. Involve′ment, act of involving: state of being involved or entangled. [Fr.—L. involvĕre—in, upon, volvĕre, volūtum, to roll.]
To ask respectfully for a contribution.
They do involve all of the community in the creation of a community allotment program.
Submitted by MaryC on February 22, 2020
To connect and participate.
They were involved with the local camogie club and contributed their team, energy and effort.
Submitted by MaryC on March 30, 2020
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'involve' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2460
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'involve' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2973
Rank popularity for the word 'involve' in Verbs Frequency: #98
The numerical value of involve in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of involve in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
I hope it doesn’t involve violence. I hope it doesn’t. I’m not suggesting that, i hope it doesn’t involve violence, and I don’t think it will. But I will say this, it’s a rigged system, it’s a crooked system. It’s 100 percent corrupt.
The more severe the pain or illness, the more severe will be the necessary changes. These may involve breaking bad habits, or acquiring some new and better ones.
We look to the U.S. government to find a way to have him freed and that will involve discussions with the Russian federation and it may involve conciliatory exchanges or it may involve punitive measures like sanctions.
I haven't figured out how I'm going to do that, that could involve helping somebody else run. That could involve working on legislative races. That could involve becoming a candidate myself.
There are some that are months and they're still waiting, those are the tougher calls, often that involve broader foreign policy issues or that involve complex legal issues.
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