Definitions of involve

  1. connect closely and often incriminatingly; " This new ruling affects your business"
  2. 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"
  3. have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail; " This decision involves many changes"
  4. engage as a participant; " Don't involve me in your family affairs!"
  5. make complex or intricate or complicated; " The situation was rather involved"
  6. occupy or engage the interest of; " His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
  7. wrap; " The tower was involved in mist"
  8. contain as a part; " Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses"
  9. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
  10. To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity.
  11. To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure.
  12. To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
  13. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge.
  14. To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve a person in debt or misery.
  15. To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb.
  16. 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.
  17. To complicate; entangle; surround; to draw into; produce as a consequence.
  18. To wrap up: to envelop: to implicate: to include: to complicate: to overwhelm: to catch: ( arith.) to multiply a quantity into itself any given number of times.
  19. To infold; enwrap; include; complicate.
  20. To entangle; embroil; complicate.
  21. To include; imply.
  22. To multiply ( a quantity) by itself any number of times; raise to a power.
  23. Involvement.
  24. To envelope on all sides; to imply; to connect intimately; to take in; to entangle; to overwhelm; to enwrap; to complicate; to raise a quantity to any given power.
  25. To comprise; to take in; to implicate; to entangle; to plunge or overwhelm in; to embarrass; to raise a number or quantity to any given power.

Usage examples for involve

  1. A brief sketch of the books as they stand will suggest their great historical interest and also the historical problems they involve. – Introduction to the Old Testament by John Edgar McFadyen
  2. Why involve in experiments those tangible acquisitions which we have made to this priceless inheritance of freedom? – The Right of American Slavery by True Worthy Hoit
  3. The English Parliament was like a trembling volcano, ready to break out and involve his throne in ruins. – Sketches of the Covenanters by J. C. McFeeters
  4. I will merely inform you that I will accompany the young gentleman, and when he falls, I will take from his person a writing, which, if it were discovered, might involve me in great danger. – The Amulet by Hendrik Conscience
  5. " A search would involve the very publicity you are anxious to avoid," was the reply. – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins
  6. This they do rather shyly for the first time, and they are obviously nervous as to what going into a Christian church may involve. – India and the Indians by Edward F. Elwin
  7. Does it always involve action? – Principles of Teaching by Adam S. Bennion
  8. To involve ( L. in, in, and volvo, roll) is to roll or wind up with or in so as to combine inextricably or inseparably, or nearly so; as, the nation is involved in war; the bookkeeper's accounts, or the writer's sentences are involved. Involve is a stronger word than implicate, denoting more complete entanglement. As applied to persons, implicate is always used in an unfavorable sense, and involve ordinarily so; but implicate applies only to that which is wrong, while involve is more commonly used of that which is unfortunate; one is implicated in a crime, involved in embarrassments, misfortunes, or perplexities. As regards logical connection that which is included is usually expressly stated; that which is implied is not stated, but is naturally to be inferred; that which is involved is necessarily to be inferred; as, a slate roof is included in the contract; that the roof shall be water- tight is implied; the contrary supposition involves an absurdity. See COMPLEX. –  by
  9. It will but involve us all, for I cannot see these men lay hands upon you without aiding you. – The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  10. " It would only involve Mrs. Jones," contributed Penny. – Swamp Island by Mildred A. Wirt
  11. These are trying times for those who feel as we do the importance of events, which involve and may decide the fate of nations. – Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I by Sir John Ross
  12. The abstract point of right would involve us in a discussion of remote and perplexed questions; and after all, we should have no clear principle of decision. – The Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides with Samuel Johnson, LL.D. by James Boswell
  13. The contemplated match was apt to involve a change of dynasty. – John Knox and the Reformation by Andrew Lang
  14. Happily, a decision was at last rendered in 1902. No question now remains open which is likely to involve the external peace of Argentina. – The South American Republics Part I of II by Thomas C. Dawson
  15. But to go away from among men, if there be gods, is not a thing to be afraid of, for the gods will not involve thee in evil; but if indeed they do not exist, or if they have no concern about human affairs, what is it to me to live in a universe devoid of gods, or devoid of Providence. – The Pleasures of Life by Sir John Lubbock
  16. The main charges brought against me are, that I did not involve this country in perpetual quarrels from one end of the globe to the other. – Selected-Speeches-on-British-Foreign-Policy-1738-1914 by Jones, Edgar R. (Edgar Rees), Sir
  17. It is threatened with disaster which will involve you if you remain! – The Bat by Avery Hopwood Mary Roberts Rinehart
  18. This seems to involve our seeing it simultaneously in a number of places, although it must also involve our seeing that it is in some of these places earlier than in others. – Our Knowledge of the External World as a Field for Scientific Method in Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  19. Only let them take heed lest their refinement involve a very bad selfishness. – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  20. The appointment would involve re- election. – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward