- 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
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- 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.
- Archaic.to roll, surround, or shroud, as in a wrapping.
- to roll up on itself; wind spirally; coil; wreathe.
Origin of involve
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Examples from the Web for involved
Sands was involved in a scandalous-for-the-time romance with the carpenter and there were rumors she was pregnant with his child.New York’s Most Tragic Ghost Loves Minimalist Swedish Fashion
January 8, 2015
Morris struggled to straighten his back, which involved stiffening a spine rarely used.Powerful Congressman Writes About ‘Fleshy Breasts’
January 7, 2015
The people who are involved in the violence, they figure out ways to remain here at all costs and continue causing trouble.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Indeed, study after study affirms the benefits of involved fatherhood for women and children.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
The unit is used to attack foreign networks, and either it or a sister organization was involved in the Sony hack.U.S. Should Make North Korea Pay for Sony Hack
Gordon G. Chang
December 18, 2014
Later he involved himself in explanations that were both obscure and conflicting.
I suspected that much tiredness of travel would be involved.
From that day the fate of Leichardt and his companions has been involved in mystery.Explorations in Australia
Suppose Evelyn had involved herself in some fresh difficulty.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
It was impossible to say what she knew, how deep she was involved with policemen and Embassies.The Secret Agent
- 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
- 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
Word Origin and History for involved
"complicated," 1640s, past participle adjective from involve.
Idioms and Phrases with involved
see get involved with.