Definition of involve in English:


Line breaks: in|volve
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvɒlv


[with object]
1Have or include (something) as a necessary or integral part or result: my job involves a lot of travelling a bill proposing harsher penalties for crimes involving firearms and drugs
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  • It was a workload which included every aspect of the job and even involved coverage of sport.
  • This result does not involve any unconstitutional border crossing by the court.
  • Several factors are involved, including increasing drink prices and the ban on smoking in bars.
entail, mean, imply, presuppose, presume, assume;
appertain to, pertain to, relate to, concern
1.1Cause to participate in an activity or situation: an opportunity to involve as many people as possible in all aspects of music-making
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  • She made false allegations to police that they where involved in criminal activity and she also claimed he had threatened to kill her.
  • Do you often find yourself involved in a situation without having planned it at all?
  • He fell into fast company and before long, found himself involved in illegal activities.
1.2 (be/get involved) Be or become occupied or engrossed in something: her husband had been very involved in his work
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  • I'm not smart enough to do crossword puzzles, so I'm very involved in the politics and governance of this place.
  • Doubt I would have been involved in politics if I had been around then.
  • Philip Hendry had been involved in local politics almost since the time Jill and I came to Bedford thirty years ago.
implicate, incriminate, inculpate;
associate, connect, concern;
informal mix up
1.3 (be involved) Be engaged in an emotional or personal relationship: Angela told me she was involved with someone else
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  • Is it different when you are emotionally involved with the person you are producing?
  • This is the first time that he has been involved with such an emotional and grand project.
  • 100 pages into a book, you should be emotionally involved with the characters to some extent.


late Middle English (in the senses 'enfold' and 'entangle'; formerly also as envolve): from Latin involvere, from in- 'into' + volvere 'to roll'.

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