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): The investigation discovered 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: The professor involved many students in the disarmament movement.Her husband became 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.
- in·volve·ment, noun
- in·volv·er, noun
- in·ter·in·volve, verb (used with object), in·ter·in·volved, in·ter·in·volv·ing.
- o·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.
- re·in·volve, verb (used with object), re·in·volved, re·in·volv·ing.
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How to use involve in a sentence
“I’m not entirely surprised that Apple would be involved in trying to water down legislation that concerns protection of human rights in China,” said Maya Wang, a China researcher at Human Rights Watch.Apple is lobbying against a bill aimed at stopping forced labor in China | Reed Albergotti | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
It said grand jury records are court records — not Justice Department records — and have historically been released to Congress in the course of impeachment investigations involving three federal judges and two presidents.Supreme Court postpones hearing on congressional effort to obtain secret Mueller material | Robert Barnes | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
While most of Snyder’s attempts to obtain records from these people remain in progress, the one involving Blair recently was completed.Washington Football Team minority owners have a deal to sell, but Daniel Snyder is blocking it | Will Hobson, Mark Maske, Liz Clarke | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
Scooter and e-bike riders in the District could soon have a greater chance of collecting damages when they are involved in collisions with vehicles.D.C. Council weighs making it easier for e-scooter riders to collect damages after crashes | Luz Lazo | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
A best-case scenario for Minnesota might involve trading back a few slots and adding a rotation piece to a young and thin roster.NBA free agency tracker (plus trades): Warriors acquire Kelly Oubre; 76ers trade Al Horford to Thunder | Ben Golliver | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
But his account of a dissident plot involving Gambian expats using U.S. weapons is similar to what Faal told the FBI.The Shadowy U.S. Veteran Who Tried to Overthrow a Country | Jacob Siegel | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
And yet, a dossier of allegations involving human rights could not help any cardinal at a moment like that.
Moraca pointed to another form of return fraud, involving gift cards.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks | M.L. Nestel | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This was never truer than in the cases involving Michael Brown and Eric Garner.The Post-Brown and Garner Question: Who ‘Deserves’ to Die? | Goldie Taylor | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Robberies—including those involving cellphones—were down 14 percent.
Persistent glycosuria has been noted in brain injuries involving the floor of the fourth ventricle.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
As judge, I set about collecting his property with much diligence, involving considerable hardship.
This acceptance is based upon a transaction involving the importation or exportation of goods.Readings in Money and Banking | Chester Arthur Phillips
As a consequence several varieties of curtains, all involving the use of asbestos, have been contrived.Asbestos | Robert H. Jones
That is thy false friends promising thee peace and happiness, and by their evil counsels involving thee in misery.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for involve
to include or contain as a necessary part: the task involves hard work
to have an effect on; spread to: the investigation involved many innocent people
(often passive; usually foll by in or with) to concern or associate significantly: many people were involved in the crime
(often passive) to make complicated; tangle: the situation was further involved by her disappearance
rare, often poetic to wrap or surround
maths obsolete to raise to a specified power
- involvement, noun
- involver, noun
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
Other Idioms and Phrases with involve
see get involved with.
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