An example of to involve is a couple including a friend in their drama.
- Archaic to enfold or envelop as in a wrapping: fog involved the shoreline
- Obs. to wind spirally; coil
- to make intricate, tangled, or complicated
- to entangle in trouble, difficulty, danger, etc.; implicate
- to draw or hold within itself; include: a riot that soon involved thousands
- to include by necessity; entail; require: a project involving years of work
- to relate to or affect: the matter involves his honor
- to make busy; employ; occupy: involved the class in research
Origin of involveMiddle English involven ; from Classical Latin involvere ; from in-, in + volvere, to roll: see walk
transitive verbin·volved, in·volv·ing, in·volves
- a. To have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail: was told that the job would involve travel.b. To relate to or affect: The matter is serious because it involves your reputation.c. To cause to burn; spread to: The blaze involved the house next door.
- a. To engage as a participant; embroil: The bystanders got involved in a dispute with the police.b. To show to be a participant; connect or implicate: evidence that involved the governor in the scandal.c. To engage (oneself) in a love affair: was involved with a colleague at work.
- To occupy or engage the interest of: a story that completely involved me for the rest of the evening.
- To wrap; envelop: a castle that was involved in mist.
- Archaic To wind or coil about.
Origin of involveMiddle English involven, from Latin involvere, to enwrap : in-, in; see in–2 + volvere, to roll, turn; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present involves, present participle involving, simple past and past participle 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, enfold, entangle, or embarrass.
- to involve a person in debt or misery
- To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb.
- (mathematics) To raise to any assigned power; to multiply, as a quantity, into itself a given number of times.
- a quantity involved to the third or fourth power
From Latin involvere.