• WordNet 3.6
    • v involve make complex or intricate or complicated "The situation was rather involved"
    • v involve occupy or engage the interest of "His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
    • v 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"
    • v involve contain as a part "Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses"
    • v involve have as a necessary feature "This decision involves many changes"
    • v involve connect closely and often incriminatingly "This new ruling affects your business"
    • v involve engage as a participant "Don't involve me in your family affairs!"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Johannesburg, the average car will be involved in an accident once every four years.
    • Involve To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure. "Involved discourses."
    • Involve To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply. "He knows
      His end with mine involved ."
      "The contrary necessarily involves a contradiction."
    • Involve To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb. "Involved in a deep study."
    • Involve To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity. "And leave a singèd bottom all involved With stench and smoke."
    • Involve To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve a person in debt or misery.
    • Involve (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.
    • Involve To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine. "Some of serpent kind . . . involved Their snaky folds."
    • Involve To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge. "The gathering number, as it moves along, Involves a vast involuntary throng.""Earth with hell
      To mingle and involve ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Orville Wright, a pilot, was involved in the first aircraft accident. His passenger, a Frenchman, was killed.
    • involve To roll or fold in or wrap up so as to conceal; envelop on all sides; cover completely; infold; specifically, in zoology, to encircle completely: as, a mark involving a joint; wings involving the body.
    • involve To entwine; entangle; implicate; bring into entanglement or complication, literally or figuratively: as, an involved problem; to involve a nation in war; to be involved in debt.
    • involve To bring into a common relation or connection; hence, to include as a necessary or logical consequence; imply; comprise.
    • involve In arithmetic and algebra, to raise to any assigned power; multiply, as a quantity, into itself a given number of times: as, a quantity involved to the third or fourth power. Synonyms Entangle, etc. (see implicate); twine, intertwine, interweave, interlace.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 2001, there were more than 300 banana-related accidents in Britain, most involving people slipping on skins.
    • v.t Involve in-volv′ to wrap up: to envelop: to implicate: to include: to complicate: to overwhelm: to catch:
    • v.t Involve in-volv′ (arith.) to multiply a quantity into itself any given number of times
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  • Herbert A. Otto
    Herbert A. Otto
    “Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.”
  • Samuel Smiles
    “The duty of helping one's self in the highest sense involves the helping of one's neighbors.”
  • King Jr. Martin Luther
    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.”
  • George Shinn
    George Shinn
    “Growth means change and change involves risk, stepping from the known to the unknown.”
  • John W. Gardner
    “True happiness involves the full use of one's power and talents.”
  • Richard Rohr
    Richard Rohr
    “The journey to happiness involves finding the courage to go down into ourselves and take responsibility for what's there: all of it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. involvere, involutum, to roll about, wrap up; pref. in-, in + volvere, to roll: cf. OF. involver,. See Voluble, and cf. Involute
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. involvĕrein, upon, volvĕre, volūtum, to roll.


In literature:

It seems to have been believed in some cases that the destruction of the body involved the destruction of the soul (New Zealand).
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
Plato does not expressly insist that this tendency is of the nature of effort, though I think that is involved in his view.
"Progress and History" by Various
No problem will result however, unless the situation involves an apparent difficulty.
"Sound Military Decision" by U.s. Naval War College
The quantities involved are so small as not alone to elude sight, but to confound imagination.
"A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century" by Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke
Liberty once more involves control and restraint.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
Mrs. Nightingale, who is the person principally involved, seems quite content with the arrangement.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
As for the doctor, he sat for a time involved in deep thought.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
But this would involve communication.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
How could you be so stupid as to involve us in a tavern quarrel?
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
And none could yet foresee what results they implicitly involved.
"A History of England Principally in the Seventeenth Century, Volume I (of 6)" by Leopold von Ranke

In poetry:

She comes in her Aetherial car,
Involv'd in many a varying hue;
And thro' the azure shoots afar,
Spirit—light—and life anew!
"Morning" by Ann Radcliffe
More aid than that embrace,
That nourishment, she cannot give: his heart
Involves his fate; and she who urged the start
Abides the race.
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith
Although the gospel of our Lord
Judas himself shou'd come to preach,
Yet it may save thee, tho' the Word
He might, involv'd in error, teach.
"Advice To Hear, And To Read, The Word Of God" by Rees Prichard
Oft had he brav'd the tempest's war,
Unaided in his slender bark;
Oft lonely steer'd by some faint star
That glimmer'd thro' th' involving dark;
"The Harp. A Legendary Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
Thy voice we hear—Thy presence feel,
Whilst Thou, too pure for mortal sight,
Involved in clouds—invisible,
Reignest the Lord of life and light.
"Hymn: Father and Friend! Thy light, Thy love" by John Bowring
The creation is womanhood;
Have I not said that womanhood involves all?
Have I not told how the universe has nothing better than the best
"Think Of The Soul" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Iranian involvement in Basra .
The DC Council's plan to "fix" residential parking permits apparently involves taking street parking spots away from the public.
A partnership between Cornell University and Ithaca schools continues to benefit all involved, says - 6:21 pm.
This time, it involves the left-handed hitting Eric Chavez, who will bat fifth tonight against Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello.
Just want to thank everyone involved with the Bavarian Blast festival for the wonderful weekend.
It doesn't appear as if the Indians will make a deal, but here are some of the rumors they've been involved in.
161 Charles St – Motor Vehicle Accident – Involving Bicycle.
H ong Kong authorities said one woman has died and three others have been hospitalized after undergoing a beauty treatment involving blood transfusions.
HONG KONG—Hong Kong authorities said one woman has died and three others have been hospitalized after undergoing a beauty treatment involving blood transfusions.
Hong Kong authorities said one woman has died and three others have been hospitalized after undergoing a beauty treatment involving blood transfusions.
Brandon is current a senior and is involved in Basketball, FFA, Scholastic Bowl, and the Vice President of his class.
Pilot project involves 24-by-75-foot area at Seventh Avenue and Washington Street.
It involves the careful melting and pigment alteration of heated beeswax , which is then applied as a paste.
Every TV station I've worked for is actively involved in important charity fundraisers.
With the Sunday passing of Paul G Bertram Jr, 75, Marietta has lost a man who had a passion for his hometown and was heavily involved in government service, economic development and community work, said those who knew him.

In science:

One part involves the case where a module for a normal subgroup is stable in the whole group, and the other part involves the connection between modules for a stabilizer subgroup and modules for the whole group.
Clifford correspondence for algebras
Using a Kramer’s type model, involving steps that involve thermal activation over a barrier, the experimental data was fitted assuming two force dependent steps.
A simple model for the kinetics of packaging of DNA in to a capsid against an external force
Small world networks illustrate the problem: there is always a route between any two nodes in the network which involves traversing sites which are near each other in physical distance, but there may be a much shorter route which involves using some long jumps.
Random Vibrational Networks and Renormalization Group
The probability that the second merger involves the leading dimer is (N − 1)−1 ; the probability that the third merger involves the leading trimer is (N − 2)−1 ; etc.
Leadership Statistics in Random Structures
The ALIAS architecture is characterized by two separate layers: the lower layer involves reasoning while the upper layer involves social behavior.
Logic-Based Specification Languages for Intelligent Software Agents