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Meaning of INVOLVE

Pronunciation:  in'vâlv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  make complex or intricate or complicated; "The situation was rather involved"
  2. [v]  occupy or engage the interest of; "His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
  3. [v]  wrap; "The tower was involved in mist"
  4. [v]  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 postulates a patient's consent"
  5. [v]  contain as a part; "Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses"
  6. [v]  have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail; "This decision involves many changes"
  7. [v]  connect closely and often incriminatingly; "This new ruling affects your business"
  8. [v]  engage as a participant; "Don't involve me in your family affairs!"

INVOLVE is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: affect, ask, call for, demand, necessitate, need, postulate, regard, require, take
 Antonyms: eliminate, obviate, rid of
 See Also: absorb, admit, bear on, carry, come to, complicate, concern, cost, cry for, cry out for, drag, drag in, draw, elaborate, embroil, enclose, enfold, engage, engross, entangle, envelop, enwrap, govern, implicate, imply, include, involve, let in, mire, occupy, pertain, rarify, refer, refine, relate, sweep, sweep up, tangle, touch, touch on, wrap



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In*volve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Involved}; p. pr. &
vb. n. {Involving}.] [L. involvere, involutum, to roll about,
wrap up; pref. in- in + volvere to roll: cf. OF. involver.
See {Voluble}, and cf. {Involute}.]
1. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.

         Some of serpent kind . . . involved Their snaky
         folds.                                --Milton.

2. To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to
   involve in darkness or obscurity.

         And leave a sing[`e]d bottom all involved With
         stench and smoke.                     --Milton.

3. To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical
   structure. ``Involved discourses.'' --Locke.

4. To connect with something as a natural or logical
   consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.

         He knows His end with mine involved.  --Milton.

         The contrary necessarily involves a contradiction.

5. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend
   or merge. [R.]

         The gathering number, as it moves along, Involves a
         vast involuntary throng.              --Pope.

         Earth with hell To mingle and involve. --Milton.

6. To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve
   a person in debt or misery.

7. To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb.
   ``Involved in a deep study.'' --Sir W. Scott.

8. (Math.) To raise to any assigned power; to multiply, as a
   quantity, into itself a given number of times; as, a
   quantity involved to the third or fourth power.

Syn: To imply; include; implicate; complicate; entangle;
     embarrass; overwhelm.

Usage: To {Involve}, {Imply}. Imply is opposed to express, or
       set forth; thus, an implied engagement is one fairly
       to be understood from the words used or the
       circumstances of the case, though not set forth in
       form. Involve goes beyond the mere interpretation of
       things into their necessary relations; and hence, if
       one thing involves another, it so contains it that the
       two must go together by an indissoluble connection.
       War, for example, involves wide spread misery and
       death; the premises of a syllogism involve the

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