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tr.v. in·volved, in·volv·ing, in·volves
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.
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.



finger in the pie See MEDDLESOMENESS.

in the swim Actively involved in current affairs or social activities, in the middle or thick of things; abreast of the current popular trends in fashion, business, society, politics; in the know; also the opposite, out of the swim.

The second category of companies is usually so managed that the originators do pretty well out of it whether those of the shareholders who are not “in the swim” gain a profit or lose their capital. (The Graphic, November, 1884)

In angling a swim is that part of a river much frequented by fish, and consequently that in which an angler fishes. Figurative use of this expression dates from the 19th century.

a piece of the action Active, and usually remunerative, involvement in any undertaking; a share in the profits, a piece of the pie; personal and immediate participation in any activity. Webster’s 6,000 cites Charlie Frick:

Guys … rubbing their hands slowly together with dollar signs in their eyes.… Managers and agents and producers and all the others that had a piece of the action.

a piece of the pie See ALLOCATION.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.involvement - the act of sharing in the activities of a groupinvolvement - the act of sharing in the activities of a group; "the teacher tried to increase his students' engagement in class activities"
group action - action taken by a group of people
commitment - an engagement by contract involving financial obligation; "his business commitments took him to London"
intervention, intercession - the act of intervening (as to mediate a dispute, etc.); "it occurs without human intervention"
group participation - participation by all members of a group
non-engagement, non-involvement, nonparticipation - withdrawing from the activities of a group
2.involvement - a connection of inclusion or containment; "he escaped involvement in the accident"; "there was additional involvement of the liver and spleen"
connection, connexion, connectedness - a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it); "there was a connection between eating that pickle and having that nightmare"
implication - a relation implicated by virtue of involvement or close connection (especially an incriminating involvement); "he was suspected of implication in several robberies"
comprehension, inclusion - the relation of comprising something; "he admired the inclusion of so many ideas in such a short work"
3.involvement - a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or somethinginvolvement - a sense of concern with and curiosity about someone or something; "an interest in music"
enthusiasm - a lively interest; "enthusiasm for his program is growing"
concern - something that interests you because it is important or affects you; "the safety of the ship is the captain's concern"
curiosity, wonder - a state in which you want to learn more about something
4.involvement - a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationshipinvolvement - a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship
sexual relationship - a relationship involving sexual intimacy
5.involvement - the condition of sharing in common with others (as fellows or partners etc.)
condition, status - a state at a particular time; "a condition (or state) of disrepair"; "the current status of the arms negotiations"


2. connection, interest, relationship, concern, association, commitment, friendship, attachment He has always felt a deep involvement with animals.
3. intimacy, attachment, closeness, familiarity, fraternization They were good friends but there was no romantic involvement.


1. The act or fact of participating:
2. The condition of being entangled or implicated:
إشْتِراك، تَوَرُّط
zapojenie sa


[ɪnˈvɒlvmənt] N
1. (= implication, association) we don't know the extent of his involvementno sabemos hasta qué punto está implicado
a demonstration against US involvement in Vietnamuna manifestación contra la intervención estadounidense en Vietnam
student involvement in campus affairsla participación de los estudiantes en los asuntos universitarios
I knew of his past involvement with drugssabía que en el pasado había estado metido en drogas
2. (= relationship) → relación f
she didn't know about my involvement with Corinneno sabía de mi relación con Corinne


[ɪnˈvɒlvmənt] n
(= personal role) → implication f
involvement in → implication dans
parental involvement in education → l'implication des parents dans l'éducation
greater parental involvement in education → une plus forte implication des parents dans l'éducation
involvement with → implication avec
She disliked his involvement with the group → Elle désapprouvait son implication avec le groupe.
(emotional)désir m de s'impliquer
Ben has always felt a deep involvement with animals → Ben a toujours ressenti un profond désir de s'impliquer avec les animaux. romantic involvement
[resources, funds] → mise f en jeu


n (= being concerned with)Beteiligung f (→ in an +dat); (in quarrel, crime etc) → Verwicklung f (→ in in +acc); (= commitment)Engagement nt; (sexually) → Verhältnis nt; (= complexity)Kompliziertheit f, → Verworrenheit f (pej); his involvement with shady characterssein Umgang mmit zwielichtigen Gestalten; she denied any involvement in or with drugssie leugnete, dass sie etwas mit Drogen zu tun hatte; the extent of his involvement with herdas Maß, in dem er sich bei ihr engagiert hat; we don’t know the extent of his involvement in the plot/planwir wissen nicht, wie weit er an dem Komplott/Plan beteiligt ist; there is no involvement of the reader in the novelder Leser fühlt sich von dem Roman nicht angesprochen; a romantic involvement (with somebody)eine Liebesbeziehung (zu jdm)


[ɪnˈvɒlvmənt] n
a. (being involved) → impegno, partecipazione f, coinvolgimento; (emotional) → legame m, relazione f
we don't know the extent of his involvement → non sappiamo fino a che punto sia coinvolto
financial involvements → impegni mpl finanziari
b. (complexity) → complessità


(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


n participación f; (path) compromiso; involvement in the community..participación en la comunidad; lymph node — compromiso de los ganglios linfáticos
References in classic literature ?
Tulkinghorn, is here to certify under the seal of confidence, with every possible confusion and involvement possible and impossible, having no pecuniary motive whatever, no scheme or project but the one mentioned, and bringing here, and taking everywhere, her own dense atmosphere of dust, arising from the ceaseless working of her mill of jealousy.
Public involvement is fundamental to the development of most transportation projects.
Research increasingly indicates that father involvement during pregnancy influences outcomes for mothers, fathers, and children.
With millions of children participating in youth sport each year and a large percentage of children dropping out, it is crucial to gain an understanding of how parental involvement impacts the youth sport experience.
This study examined the predictive association between gender, ethnicity, parental involvement in homework, self-regulated learning processes, and motivational beliefs among a national sample of tenth grade high school students.
A parent-involvement policy was written and approved by the board, and the state mandates parent involvement districtwide.
State-mandated parental involvement laws like the one Michigan was considering are emblematic of a tactic the anti-choice movement has employed since Roe v.
The Patient and Public Involvement Forum for Newcastle Primary Care Trust is on April 18, from 6.
A telephone survey investigated the level of father involvement in primary schools in a regional area of New South Wales.
In their research, Stradling and his colleagues concluded that driver attitude is a critical factor in determining future accident involvement.
Improving parental involvement with public schools can improve schools.