AskDefine | Define involve

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1 connect closely and often incriminatingly; "This new ruling affects your business" [syn: affect, regard]
2 engage as a participant; "Don't involve me in your family affairs!"
3 have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail; "This decision involves many changes" [syn: imply]
4 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 postulates a patient's consent" [syn: necessitate, ask, postulate, need, require, take, call for, demand] [ant: obviate]
5 contain as a part; "Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses"
6 wrap; "The tower was involved in mist"
7 occupy or engage the interest of; "His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
8 make complex or intricate or complicated; "The situation was rather involved"

User Contributed Dictionary



From involvere.


  1. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
  2. To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity.
  3. To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure.
  4. To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
  5. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge.
  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.
  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.
  9. Status: involved


to roll
To envelop completely
To complicate or make intricate
To connect with something
To take in
To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass
To engage thoroughly
(Mathematics): To raise to any assigned power


Extensive Definition

Involve may refer to the following organisations:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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