Definitions of involve

  1. connect closely and often incriminatingly; " This new ruling affects your business"
  2. have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail; " This decision involves many changes"
  3. engage as a participant; " Don't involve me in your family affairs!"
  4. make complex or intricate or complicated; " The situation was rather involved"
  5. occupy or engage the interest of; " His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
  6. wrap; " The tower was involved in mist"
  7. contain as a part; " Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses"
  8. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
  9. To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure.
  10. To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
  11. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge.
  12. To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve a person in debt or misery.
  13. To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb.
  14. 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.
  15. To complicate; entangle; surround; to draw into; produce as a consequence.
  16. 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.
  17. To infold; enwrap; include; complicate.
  18. To entangle; embroil; complicate.
  19. To multiply ( a quantity) by itself any number of times; raise to a power.
  20. Involvement.
  21. 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. Does it always involve action? – Principles of Teaching by Adam S. Bennion
  3. 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
  4. " A search would involve the very publicity you are anxious to avoid," was the reply. – Malcolm Sage, Detective by Herbert George Jenkins
  5. The appointment would involve re- election. – The Testing of Diana Mallory by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  6. 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
  7. Only let them take heed lest their refinement involve a very bad selfishness. – What's Mine's Mine by George MacDonald
  8. It is threatened with disaster which will involve you if you remain! – The Bat by Avery Hopwood Mary Roberts Rinehart
  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. 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
  11. 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
  12. " It would only involve Mrs. Jones," contributed Penny. – Swamp Island by Mildred A. Wirt
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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