1. very intricate or complex: an involved reply.
  2. implicated: involved in crime.
  3. 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.
  4. 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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for involvedness


  1. complicated; difficult to comprehendan involved literary style
  2. (usually postpositive) concerned or implicatedone of the men involved
  3. (postpositive foll by with) euphemistic having sexual relationsshe was involved with a number of men
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Word Origin and History for involvedness



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

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