very intricate or complex: an involved reply.
implicated: involved in crime.
concerned in some affair, especially in a way likely to cause danger or unpleasantness: I didn't call the police because I didn't want to get involved.
committed or engaged, as in a political cause or artistic movement: The civil rights demonstration attracted the involved young people of the area.

Origin of involved

First recorded in 1600–10; involve + -ed2
Related formsin·volv·ed·ly [in-vol-vid-lee, -volvd-] /ɪnˈvɒl vɪd li, -ˈvɒlvd-/, adverbin·volv·ed·ness, nounnon·in·volved, adjectiveun·in·volved, adjective

Synonyms for involved

1. complicated, knotty, tangled, perplexing.

Antonyms for involved

1. simple.



verb (used with object), in·volved, in·volv·ing.

to include as a necessary circumstance, condition, or consequence; imply; entail: This job involves long hours and hard work.
to engage or employ.
to affect, as something within the scope of operation.
to include, contain, or comprehend within itself or its scope.
to bring into an intricate or complicated form or condition.
to bring into difficulties (usually followed by with): a plot to involve one nation in a war with another.
to cause to be troublesomely associated or concerned, as in something embarrassing or unfavorable: Don't involve me in your quarrel!
to combine inextricably (usually followed by with).
to implicate, as in guilt or crime, or in any matter or affair.
to engage the interests or emotions or commitment of: to become involved in the disarmament movement; to become involved with another woman.
to preoccupy or absorb fully (usually used passively or reflexively): You are much too involved with the problem to see it clearly.
to envelop or enfold, as if with a wrapping.
to swallow up, engulf, or overwhelm.
  1. roll, surround, or shroud, as in a wrapping.
  2. to roll up on itself; wind spirally; coil; wreathe.

Origin of involve

1350–1400; Middle English involven < Latin involvere to roll in or up, equivalent to in- in-2 + volvere to roll; see revolve
Related formsin·volve·ment, nounin·volv·er, nounin·ter·in·volve, verb (used with object), in·ter·in·volved, in·ter·in·volv·ing.non·in·volve·ment, nouno·ver·in·volve, verb (used with object), o·ver·in·volved, o·ver·in·volv·ing.pre·in·volve, verb (used with object), pre·in·volved, pre·in·volv·ing.pre·in·volve·ment, nounre·in·volve, verb (used with object), re·in·volved, re·in·volv··in·volve·ment, noun

Synonyms for involve

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.

Antonyms for involve Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for involved

Contemporary Examples of involved

Historical Examples of involved

  • Later he involved himself in explanations that were both obscure and conflicting.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I suspected that much tiredness of travel would be involved.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • From that day the fate of Leichardt and his companions has been involved in mystery.

  • Suppose Evelyn had involved herself in some fresh difficulty.

  • It was impossible to say what she knew, how deep she was involved with policemen and Embassies.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

British Dictionary definitions for involved



complicated; difficult to comprehendan involved literary style
(usually postpositive) concerned or implicatedone of the men involved
(postpositive foll by with) euphemistic having sexual relationsshe was involved with a number of men


verb (tr)

to include or contain as a necessary partthe task involves hard work
to have an effect on; spread tothe investigation involved many innocent people
(often passive; usually foll by in or with) to concern or associate significantlymany people were involved in the crime
(often passive) to make complicated; tanglethe situation was further involved by her disappearance
rare, often poetic to wrap or surround
maths obsolete to raise to a specified power
Derived Formsinvolvement, nouninvolver, noun

Word Origin for involve

C14: from Latin involvere to roll in, surround, from in- ² + volvere to roll
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for involved

"complicated," 1640s, past participle adjective from involve.



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with involved


see get involved with.

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