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in·volve

 (ĭn-vŏlv′)
tr.v. in·volved, in·volv·ing, in·volves
1.
a. To have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail: was told that the job would involve travel.
b. To relate to or affect: The matter is serious because it involves your reputation.
c. To cause to burn; spread to: The blaze involved the house next door.
2.
a. To engage as a participant; embroil: The bystanders got involved in a dispute with the police.
b. To show to be a participant; connect or implicate: evidence that involved the governor in the scandal.
c. To engage (oneself) in a love affair: was involved with a colleague at work.
3. To occupy or engage the interest of: a story that completely involved me for the rest of the evening.
4. To wrap; envelop: a castle that was involved in mist.
5. Archaic To wind or coil about.

[Middle English involven, from Latin involvere, to enwrap : in-, in; see in-2 + volvere, to roll, turn; see wel- in Indo-European roots.]

in·volve′ment n.
in·volv′er n.

involve

(ɪnˈvɒlv)
vb (tr)
1. to include or contain as a necessary part: the task involves hard work.
2. to have an effect on; spread to: the investigation involved many innocent people.
3. (often passive; usually foll by in or with) to concern or associate significantly: many people were involved in the crime.
4. (often passive) to make complicated; tangle: the situation was further involved by her disappearance.
5. rare often poetic to wrap or surround
6. (Mathematics) maths obsolete to raise to a specified power
[C14: from Latin involvere to roll in, surround, from in-2 + volvere to roll]
inˈvolvement n
inˈvolver n

in•volve

(ɪnˈvɒlv)

v.t. -volved, -volv•ing.
1. to include as a necessary circumstance, condition, or consequence; imply; entail: This job involves long hours.
2. to engage or employ.
3. to include within itself or its scope.
4. to bring into an intricate or complicated form or condition.
5. to cause to be troublesomely associated, as in something embarrassing or unfavorable: Don't involve me in your quarrel!
6. to combine inextricably (usu. fol. by with).
7. to implicate, as in guilt or crime, or in any matter or affair.
8. to engage the interests or emotions or commitment of.
9. to envelop or enfold, as if with a wrapping.
10.
a. Archaic. to roll, surround, or shroud, as in a wrapping.
b. to roll up on itself; coil.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin involvere to roll up, wrap up, envelop =in- in-2 + volvere to roll]
in•volve′ment, n.

involve

- First meant "enfold, surround, wrap."
See also related terms for surrounded.

involve


Past participle: involved
Gerund: involving

Imperative
involve
involve
Present
I involve
you involve
he/she/it involves
we involve
you involve
they involve
Preterite
I involved
you involved
he/she/it involved
we involved
you involved
they involved
Present Continuous
I am involving
you are involving
he/she/it is involving
we are involving
you are involving
they are involving
Present Perfect
I have involved
you have involved
he/she/it has involved
we have involved
you have involved
they have involved
Past Continuous
I was involving
you were involving
he/she/it was involving
we were involving
you were involving
they were involving
Past Perfect
I had involved
you had involved
he/she/it had involved
we had involved
you had involved
they had involved
Future
I will involve
you will involve
he/she/it will involve
we will involve
you will involve
they will involve
Future Perfect
I will have involved
you will have involved
he/she/it will have involved
we will have involved
you will have involved
they will have involved
Future Continuous
I will be involving
you will be involving
he/she/it will be involving
we will be involving
you will be involving
they will be involving
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been involving
you have been involving
he/she/it has been involving
we have been involving
you have been involving
they have been involving
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been involving
you will have been involving
he/she/it will have been involving
we will have been involving
you will have been involving
they will have been involving
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been involving
you had been involving
he/she/it had been involving
we had been involving
you had been involving
they had been involving
Conditional
I would involve
you would involve
he/she/it would involve
we would involve
you would involve
they would involve
Past Conditional
I would have involved
you would have involved
he/she/it would have involved
we would have involved
you would have involved
they would have involved
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.involve - connect closely and often incriminatingly; "This new ruling affects your business"
concern, have to do with, pertain, bear on, come to, touch on, refer, relate, touch - be relevant to; "There were lots of questions referring to her talk"; "My remark pertained to your earlier comments"
implicate - bring into intimate and incriminating connection; "He is implicated in the scheme to defraud the government"
2.involve - engage as a participant; "Don't involve me in your family affairs!"
let in, admit, include - allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of; "admit someone to the profession"; "She was admitted to the New Jersey Bar"
drag in, embroil, sweep up, tangle, drag, sweep - force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action; "They were swept up by the events"; "don't drag me into this business"
entangle, mire - entrap; "Our people should not be mired in the past"
3.involve - have as a necessary feature; "This decision involves many changes"
feature, have - have as a feature; "This restaurant features the most famous chefs in France"
carry - be necessarily associated with or result in or involve; "This crime carries a penalty of five years in prison"
4.involve - require as useful, just, or proper; "It takes nerve to do what she did"; "success usually requires hard work"; "This job asks a lot of patience and skill"; "This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"; "This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"; "This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
exact, claim, take - take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs; "the accident claimed three lives"; "The hard work took its toll on her"
govern - require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood; "most transitive verbs govern the accusative case in German"
draw - require a specified depth for floating; "This boat draws 70 inches"
cost - require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice; "This mistake cost him his job"
cry for, cry out for - need badly or desperately; "This question cries out for an answer"
compel - necessitate or exact; "the water shortage compels conservation"
5.involve - contain as a part; "Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses"
include - have as a part, be made up out of; "The list includes the names of many famous writers"
6.involve - occupy or engage the interest of; "His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
engage, engross, occupy, absorb - consume all of one's attention or time; "Her interest in butterflies absorbs her completely"
7.involve - make complex or intricate or complicated; "The situation was rather involved"
rarify, refine, complicate, elaborate - make more complex, intricate, or richer; "refine a design or pattern"

involve

verb
1. entail, mean, demand, require, call for, occasion, result in, imply, give rise to, encompass, necessitate Running a kitchen involves a great deal of discipline and speed.
2. include, contain, take in, embrace, cover, incorporate, draw in, comprise of, number among The cover-up involved people at the very highest level.
3. implicate, tangle, mix up, embroil, link, entangle, incriminate, mire, stitch up (slang), enmesh, inculpate (formal) I seem to have involved myself in something I don't understand.
4. concern, draw in, associate, connect, bear on He started involving me in the more confidential aspects of the job.

involve

verb
2. To have as an accompaniment, a condition, or a consequence:
3. To have as a need or prerequisite:
4. To draw in so that extrication is difficult:
5. To get and hold the attention of:
6. To make complex, intricate, or perplexing:
Translations
يَشْتَمِل علىيُشْرِك ، يَزُجُّ في ، يُوَرِّطيَشْمَلُ
mít stykplést sevyžadovatzahrnovat
involveremedføreinddrage
haaratud olema
kuulua mukaan
uključivati
jár
blanda í, flækjast íhafa í för meî sér
伴う
필연적으로 포함하다
būt saistītamiepītiesaistītietvert
zapliesť sazapojiť
biti vpletenvplesti
involvera
เข้าไปมีส่วนร่วม
bulaşmakdahil etmekgerektirmekkarışmak
dính líu

involve

[ɪnˈvɒlv] VT
1. (= implicate, associate) → implicar, involucrar
a dispute involving a friend of mineuna disputa en la que estaba implicado or involucrado un amigo mío
a crash involving three vehiclesuna colisión en la que se vieron envueltos tres vehículos
to involve sb (in sth)involucrar a algn (en algo)
we would prefer not to involve the childrenpreferiríamos no meter or involucrar a los niños
they are trying to involve him in the theftestán intentando implicarlo or involucrarlo en el robo
try to involve him in your leisure activitiesintenta hacer que participe contigo en tus actividades de tiempo libre
it may involve you in extra costpuede acarrearle costos adicionales
the persons involved (gen) → los interesados; (= culprits) → los implicados
to be involved (in sth) how did he come to be involved?¿cómo llegó a meterse en esto?
he was involved in a fightse vio envuelto en una pelea
he/his car was involved in an accidentél/su coche se vio involucrado en un accidente
she was only involved in the final stages of the projectsólo tomó parte en las fases finales del proyecto
I was so involved in my book thatestaba tan absorto en el libro que ...
to become or get involved (in sth) the police became involvedla policía tomó cartas en el asunto
I don't want to get involvedno quiero meterme
to get involved in a fightverse envuelto en una pelea
to be/become/get involved with sth/sb she's so involved with the project she doesn't have time for meestá tan liada con el proyecto que no tiene tiempo para mí, el proyecto la absorbe tanto que no tiene tiempo para mí
she became involved with the resistance movementse involucró en el movimiento de resistencia
she got involved with some really weird peoplese mezcló con una gente muy rara
she likes him but she doesn't want to get involvedél le gusta, pero no quiere comprometerse
2. (= entail, imply) → suponer
it involved a lot of expensesupuso or acarreó muchos gastos
there's a good deal of work involvedsupone or implica bastante trabajo
the job involves moving to Londonel trabajo requiere que se traslade a Londres
what does your job involve?¿en qué consiste su trabajo?
how much money is involved?¿cuánto dinero hay en juego?
a question of principle is involvedaquí hay principios en juego

involve

[ɪnˈvɒlv] vt
(= require) → impliquer
His job involves a lot of travelling → Son travail implique de nombreux déplacements.
to involve sb in sth [+ activity, meeting, process] → associer qn à qch; [+ task, work] → associer qn à qch; [+ quarrel, unpleasant situation, trouble] → impliquer qn dans qch
Did you have to involve me in this? → Tu étais obligé de m'impliquer là-dedans?
to involve sb in decision-making → associer qn à la prise de décision
More women should be involved in decision-making → Plus de femmes devraient être associées à la prise de décision.
(= entail) → impliquer
What does it involve, exactly? → Qu'est-ce que cela implique exactement?
(= concern) → concerner
(= have participating) → impliquer
a riot involving a hundred inmates → une émeute impliquant une centaine de détenus

involve

vt
(= entangle)verwickeln (→ sb in sth jdn in etw acc); (= include)beteiligen (→ sb in sth jdn an etw dat); (= concern)betreffen; to involve somebody in a quarreljdn in einen Streit verwickeln or hineinziehen; to involve somebody in expensejdm Kosten verursachen; the book doesn’t involve the readerdas Buch fesselt or packt den Leser nicht; it wouldn’t involve you at alldu hättest damit gar nichts zu tun; to be involved in somethingetwas mit etw zu tun haben; (= have part in also)an etw (dat)beteiligt sein; (in sth bad also) → in etw (acc)verwickelt sein; to get involved in somethingin etw (acc)verwickelt werden; in quarrel, crime etc alsoin etw (acc)hineingezogen werden; to involve oneself in somethingsich in etw (dat)engagieren; to involve oneself in politicssich politisch engagieren; I didn’t want to get involvedich wollte damit/mit ihm etc nichts zu tun haben; I didn’t want to get too involvedich wollte mich nicht zu sehr engagieren; a matter of principle is involvedes ist eine Frage des Prinzips, es geht ums Prinzip; the person involveddie betreffende Person; we are all involved in the battle against inflationder Kampf gegen die Inflation geht uns alle an; to be/get involved with somethingetwas mit etw zu tun haben; (= have part in)an etw (dat)beteiligt sein; with work etcmit etw beschäftigt sein; he got involved with local politicser hat sich lokalpolitisch engagiert; to be involved with somebodymit jdm zu tun haben; (sexually) → mit jdm ein Verhältnis haben; to be romantically involved (with somebody)eine Liebesbeziehung (zu jdm) haben; he’s very involved with herer hat sich bei ihr sehr stark engagiert; he’s involved with some shady characterser hat Umgang mit einigen zwielichtigen Gestalten; to get involved with somebodymit jdm Kontakt bekommen, sich mit jdm einlassen (pej); I don’t want to get involved with themich will mit ihnen nichts zu tun haben; he got involved with a girler hat eine Beziehung mit einem Mädchen angefangen
(= entail)mit sich bringen, zur Folge haben; (= encompass)umfassen; (= mean)bedeuten; what does the job involve?worin besteht die Arbeit?; this problem involves many separate issuesdieses Problem umfasst viele verschiedene Punkte or schließt viele verschiedene Punkte ein; to involve considerable expense/a lot of hard workbeträchtliche Kosten/viel Arbeit mit sich bringen or zur Folge haben; such a project involves considerable planningzu so einem Projekt gehört eine umfangreiche Planung; will the post involve much foreign travel?ist der Posten mit vielen Auslandsreisen verbunden?; he doesn’t understand what’s involved in this sort of worker weiß nicht, worum es bei dieser Arbeit geht; do you realize what’s involved in raising a family?weißt du denn, was es bedeutet, eine Familie großzuziehen?; about £1,000 was involvedes ging dabei um etwa £ 1.000; the job involved 50 workmenfür die Arbeit wurden 50 Arbeiter gebraucht; it would involve moving to Germanydas würde bedeuten, nach Deutschland umzuziehen; finding the oil involved the use of a special drillum das Öl zu finden, brauchte man einen Spezialbohrer

involve

[ɪnˈvɒlv] vt
a. (associate) → coinvolgere; (implicate) → implicare, coinvolgere
to be/become involved in sth → essere/rimanere coinvolto/a in qc
to involve o.s./sb in sth (politics) → impegnarsi/coinvolgere qn in qc
don't involve me in your quarrels! → non tiratemi in mezzo alle vostre beghe!
don't involve yourself in unnecessary expense → non metterti a fare spese inutili
how did he come to be involved? → come ha fatto a trovarcisi in mezzo?
the factors involved → i fattori in causa or in gioco
the persons involved → le persone in questione or coinvolte
to feel involved → sentirsi coinvolto/a
to become or get involved with sb (socially) → legarsi a qn (emotionally) → legarsi sentimentalmente a qn
b. (entail) → implicare, comportare
it involves a lot of expense/trouble → comporta un mucchio di spese/difficoltà

involve

(inˈvolv) verb
1. to require; to bring as a result. His job involves a lot of travelling.
2. (often with in or with) to cause to take part in or to be mixed up in. He has always been involved in/with the theatre; Don't ask my advice – I don't want to be/get involved.
inˈvolved adjective
complicated. My time-table for Friday is becoming very involved.
inˈvolvement noun

involve

يَشْمَلُ zahrnovat involvere beteiligen εμπλέκω involucrar kuulua mukaan impliquer uključivati coinvolgere 伴う 필연적으로 포함하다 betrekken involvere zaangażować envolver вовлекать involvera เข้าไปมีส่วนร่วม dahil etmek dính líu 涉及
References in classic literature ?
Go, brave men, we owe you too much already; let us no longer involve you in our hapless fortunes
In their researches into the human frame, it may be that the higher and more subtle faculties of such men were materialised, and that they lost the spiritual view of existence amid the intricacies of that wondrous mechanism, which seemed to involve art enough to comprise all of life within itself.
I perceived quickly enough that I could make, to this inquiry, no answer that would not involve something of a sacrifice of my employer.
I think that all this indirectly proceeds from the helpless perplexity of volition, in which their divided and diametrically opposite powers of vision must involve them.
But in cases where your doing so would involve a great public evil--"
She would have been too happy but for poor Harriet; but every blessing of her own seemed to involve and advance the sufferings of her friend, who must now be even excluded from Hartfield.
Is her son determined to submit to this, and to all the tediousness of the many years of suspense in which it may involve you, rather than run the risk of her displeasure for a while by owning the truth?
Circumstances, I grieve to say, which involve the future of Mr.
I ask for information, as a plodding man of business who only deals with such material objects as guineas, shillings, and bank-notes--may not the retention of the thing involve the retention of the idea?
Scrooge asked the question, because he didn't know whether a ghost so transparent might find himself in a condition to take a chair; and felt that in the event of its being impossible, it might involve the necessity of an embarrassing explanation.
To a man possessed of the higher imaginative powers, the objection to legal studies is the amount of detail which they involve.
Thus BEELZEBUB Pleaded his devilish Counsel, first devis'd By SATAN, and in part propos'd: for whence, But from the Author of all ill could Spring So deep a malice, to confound the race Of mankind in one root, and Earth with Hell To mingle and involve, done all to spite The great Creatour?