Definition of Involve

1. Verb. Connect closely and often incriminatingly. "This new ruling affects your business"

Exact synonyms: Affect, Regard
Generic synonyms: Bear On, Come To, Concern, Have-to Doe With, Pertain, Refer, Relate, Touch, Touch On
Specialized synonyms: Implicate
Derivative terms: Involvement, Regard



2. Verb. Engage as a participant. "Don't involve me in your family affairs!"
Generic synonyms: Admit, Include, Let In
Specialized synonyms: Drag, Drag In, Embroil, Sweep, Sweep Up, Tangle, Entangle, Mire
Derivative terms: Involution, Involvement, Involvement

3. Verb. Have as a necessary feature. "This decision involves many changes"
Exact synonyms: Imply
Generic synonyms: Feature, Have
Specialized synonyms: Carry
Derivative terms: Implication, Involvement

4. Verb. Require as useful, just, or proper. "They involve him to write the letter"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
Exact synonyms: Ask, Call For, Demand, Necessitate, Need, Postulate, Require, Take
Specialized synonyms: Claim, Exact, Take, Govern, Draw, Cost, Cry For, Cry Out For, Compel
Related verbs: Claim, Exact, Take
Derivative terms: Demand, Demand, Necessity, Necessity, Need, Requirement
Antonyms: Obviate

5. Verb. Contain as a part. "Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses"
Generic synonyms: Include

6. Verb. Occupy or engage the interest of. "His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
Generic synonyms: Absorb, Engage, Engross, Occupy
Derivative terms: Involvement

7. Verb. Make complex or intricate or complicated. "The situation was rather involved"
Generic synonyms: Complicate, Elaborate, Rarify, Refine

Definition of Involve

1. v. t. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.

Definition of Involve

1. Verb. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine. ¹

2. Verb. To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity. ¹

3. Verb. To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure. ¹

4. Verb. To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply. ¹

5. Verb. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge. ¹

6. Verb. To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve a person in debt or misery. ¹

7. Verb. To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb. ¹

8. Verb. (mathematics) 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. ¹

9. Verb. Status: involved ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Involve

1. to contain or include as a part [v -VOLVED, -VOLVING, -VOLVES]

Medical Definition of Involve

1. 1. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine. "Some of serpent kind . . . Involved Their snaky folds." (Milton) 2. To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity. "And leave a singed bottom all involved With stench and smoke." (Milton) 3. To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure. "Involved discourses." 4. To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply. "He knows His end with mine involved." (Milton) "The contrary necessarily involves a contradiction." (Tillotson) 5. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge. "The gathering number, as it moves along, Involves a vast involuntary throng." (Pope) "Earth with hell To mingle and involve." (Milton) 6. To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve a person in debt or misery. 7. To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb. "Involved in a deep study." 8. 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. Imply is opposed to express, or set forth; thus, an implied engagement is one fairly to be understood from the words used or the circumstances of the case, though not set forth in form. Involve goes beyond the mere interpretation of things into their necessary relations; and hence, if one thing involves another, it so contains it that the two must go together by an indissoluble connection. War, for example, involves wide spread misery and death; the premises of a syllogism involve the conclusion. Synonym: To imply, include, implicate, complicate, entangle, embarrass, overwhelm. Origin: L. Involvere, involutum, to roll about, wrap up; pref. In- in + volvere to roll: cf. OF. Involver. See Voluble, and cf. Involute. (28 Oct 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Involve

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Literary usage of Involve

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1886)
"The ground ou which the suit was remanded was that it subsequently appeared that it did not really and substantially involve a controversy properly within ..."

2. The Federalist: A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States, Being by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, Henry Cabot Lodge (1888)
"... 4th, to all those which involve the PEACE of the CONFEDERACY, whether they relate to the intercourse between the United States and foreign nations, ..."

3. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1901)
"The government feared to involve itself further in war in Egypt, but the force of public opinion was with the queen, and in the autumn a British army was ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1831)
"... and people, who rejected his government, wisely abandoned Arcadius to his unworthy favourites ; and his reluctance to involve the two empires in a civil ..."

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