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1. Complicated; intricate: the involved procedure of getting a license. See Synonyms at complex.
2. Connected by participation or association: involved in a conspiracy.
3. On fire; burning: The fire spread, and the garage became fully involved.
a. Emotionally committed: He joined their organization but never really got involved.
b. Having a sexual relationship: They see a lot of each other but aren't involved.
5. Curled inward; coiled or involute.

in·volv′ed·ly (-vŏl′vĭd-lē) adv.


1. complicated; difficult to comprehend: an involved literary style.
2. (usually postpositive) concerned or implicated: one of the men involved.
3. euphemistic (foll by: with) having sexual relations: she was involved with a number of men.



1. intricate or complex.
2. implicated: involved in crime.
3. concerned in some affair, esp. in a way likely to cause danger or unpleasantness.
4. committed or engaged: politically involved.
in•volv•ed•ly (ɪnˈvɒl vɪd li, -ˈvɒlvd-) adv.


1. used after a linking verb

The adjective involved is usually used after a linking verb such as be or get.

If you are involved in an activity, you take part in it.

He doesn't think sportsmen should get involved in politics.
Many different companies are involved in producing these aircraft.
2. used after a noun

The people involved in something are the people affected by it or taking part in it.

It is difficult to make a decision when there are so many people involved.
The play was a great success and we'd like to thank everyone involved.

You also use involved immediately after a noun when you are mentioning an important aspect of something.

There is quite a lot of work involved.
She had no real understanding of the problems involved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.involved - connected by participation or association or use; "we accomplished nothing, simply because of the large number of people involved"; "the problems involved"; "the involved muscles"; "I don't want to get involved"; "everyone involved in the bribery case has been identified"
uninvolved - not involved; "being uninvolved he remained objective"
2.involved - entangled or hindered as if e.g. in mireinvolved - entangled or hindered as if e.g. in mire; "the difficulties in which the question is involved"; "brilliant leadership mired in details and confusion"
encumbered - loaded to excess or impeded by a heavy load; "a summer resort...encumbered with great clapboard-and-stucco hotels"- A.J.Liebling; "a hiker encumbered with a heavy backpack"; "an encumbered estate"
3.involved - emotionally involved
committed, attached - associated in an exclusive sexual relationship
4.involved - highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious; "the Byzantine tax structure"; "Byzantine methods for holding on to his chairmanship"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months"
complex - complicated in structure; consisting of interconnected parts; "a complex set of variations based on a simple folk melody"; "a complex mass of diverse laws and customs"
5.involved - enveloped; "a castle involved in mist"; "the difficulties in which the question is involved"
enclosed - closed in or surrounded or included within; "an enclosed porch"; "an enclosed yard"; "the enclosed check is to cover shipping and handling"


2. implicated, taking part, caught up, mixed up, embroiled, entangled, enmeshed, ensnared She became involved with the group soon after the Chernobyl disaster.
3. concerned with, associated with, participating in, connected with, caught up in, occupied by It's an organisation for people involved in agriculture.
4. absorbed in, caught up in, lost in, deep in, fascinated by, immersed in, gripped by, engrossed in, captivated by, enthralled by, preoccupied by, up to your ears in, wrapped up in She was so involved in her career she had no time for fun.


1. Difficult to understand because of intricacy:
2. Having concern:


[ɪnˈvɒlvd] ADJ (= complicated) → complicado, enrevesado


[ɪnˈvɒlvd] adj
(= complicated) → complexe
(= necessary) [time, work] → que cela implique
We believe the time and work involved in completing such an assignment are worthwhile → Nous croyons que le temps et le travail qu'implique une telle mission en valent la peine.
the two days' work involved in filming the commercial → les deux jours de travail que cela implique de filmer le spot publicitaire
the money involved → l'argent en jeu
There's quite a lot of money involved → Il y a pas mal d'argent en jeu.
to be involved in sth [money, time, work] (= devoted to) → être en jeu dans qch
He cannot reveal how much money is involved in the scheme → Il ne peut révéler combien d'argent est en jeu dans ce projet.
(= concerned) to feel involved in sth [person] → se sentir concerné(e) par qch
(in relationship) to be involved with sb → avoir une liaison avec qn
to become involved with sb → entretenir une liaison avec qn
He became romantically involved with a married woman → Il entretenait une liaison romantique avec une femme mariée.
to be involved in sth [person] [+ industry, activity] → travailler dans qch
an organisation for people involved in agriculture → une organisation pour les gens travaillant dans l'agriculture
She was involved in the animal rights movement → Elle était très impliquée dans le mouvement de défense des droits des animaux.
to be deeply involved in sth (= absorbed) → être profondément absorbé par qch
I was deeply involved in my work → J'étais profondément absorbé par mon travail.
women who are so involved in their careers that they have no time for friendship
BUT des femmes qui s'impliquent tellement dans leur carrière qu'elle n'ont aucun temps à consacrer aux amis.
to be involved in a crime → être impliqué dans un crime


adjkompliziert; regulations alsoverwirrend; story alsoverwickelt; stylekomplex, umständlich (pej); a long involved sentenceein umständlicher Schachtelsatz; a long involved explanationeine lange und komplizierte Erklärung


[ɪnˈvɒlvd] adj (situation, discussion) → complicato/a, complesso/a
see also 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


a. complicado, enredado;
to be ______ estar involucrado;
to get ___involucrarse o meterse en.
References in classic literature ?
Jo accepted it with a smile, for she had never outgrown her liking for lads, and soon found herself involved in the usual labyrinth of love, mystery, and murder, for the story belonged to that class of light literature in which the passions have a holiday, and when the author's invention fails, a grand catastrophe clears the stage of one half the dramatis personae, leaving the other half to exult over their downfall.
The thought was involved but a simple statement of it would be something like this:
Each moment, however, pressed upon him a conviction of the critical situation in which he had suffered his invaluable trust to be involved through his own confidence.
In half an hour there was a board meeting; later, he was to hold a post mortem on a railroad; at every moment questions were being asked by telegraph, by cable, questions that involved the credit of individuals, of firms, of even the country.
The matter is disagreeably delicate to handle; but, since the reader must needs be let into the secret, he will please to understand, that, about a century ago, the head of the Pyncheons found himself involved in serious financial difficulties.
Involved in these thoughts, she scarcely heard a voice behind her until it had repeated her name more than once, in a loud and solemn tone, audible to the whole multitude.
But it's not the first occurrence of its charming kind that I know to have involved a child.
But when a man suspects any wrong, it sometimes happens that if he be already involved in the matter, he insensibly strives to cover up his suspicions even from himself.
As the frustrating of this one attempt involved a score of false alarms, it will be understood what a tribute old Mrs.
He had, however, speculated largely and quite loosely; had involved himself deeply, and his notes to a large amount had come into the hands of Haley; and this small piece of information is the key to the preceding conversation.
The girl's defense was, that the lordship of the seigniory was vested in the bishop, and the par- ticular right here involved was not transferable, but must be exercised by the lord himself or stand vacated; and that an older law, of the Church itself, strictly barred the bishop from exercising it.
Sometimes he copied on paper the involved and delicate pattern left by the ball of the finger, and then vastly enlarged it with a pantograph so that he could examine its web of curving lines with ease and convenience.