1350-1400;Middle Englishinvolven < Latininvolvere to roll in or up, equivalent to in-in-2 + volvere to roll; see revolve
interinvolve, verb (used with object), interinvolved, interinvolving.
overinvolve, verb (used with object), overinvolved, overinvolving.
preinvolve, verb (used with object), preinvolved, preinvolving.
reinvolve, verb (used with object), reinvolved, reinvolving.
1. necessitate, require, demand. 6, 7, 9. Involve,entangle,implicate imply getting a person connected or bound up with something from which it is difficult to extricate himself or herself. To involve is to bring more or less deeply into something, especially of a complicated, embarrassing, or troublesome nature: to involve someone in debt. To entangle (usually passive or reflexive) is to involve so deeply in a tangle as to confuse and make helpless: to entangle oneself in a mass of contradictory statements. To implicate is to connect a person with something discreditable or wrong: implicated in a plot.
late 14c., "envelop, surround," from Latin involvere "envelop, surround, overwhelm," literally "roll into," from in- "in" (see in- (2)) + volvere "to roll" (see volvox). Originally "envelop, surround," sense of "take in, include" first recorded c.1600. Related: Involved; Involving.