involve
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ɪnˈvɒlv/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɪnˈvɑlv/
Verb

involve (involves, present participle involving; past and past participle involved)

  1. (archaic) To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book VII”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Some of serpent kind […] involved
      Their snaky folds.
  2. (archaic) To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide.
    to involve in darkness or obscurity
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book I”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      And leave a singèd bottom all involved / With stench and smoke.
    • 1697, John Dryden translating Virgil, The Aeneid
      Black vapors, issuing from the vent, involve the sky.
  3. To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure.
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗:
      the fallacies that are often concealed in florid, witty, or involved discourses.
  4. (archaic) To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost Book II
      He knows / His end with mine involved.
    • a. 1694, John Tillotson, Sermon
      The contrary necessarily involves a contradiction.
  5. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge.
    • 1728-1743, Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
      The gathering number, as it moves along,
      Involves a vast involuntary throng.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost Book II
      Earth with hell / To mingle and involve.
  6. To envelop, enfold, entangle.
    to involve a person in debt or misery
    He's involved in the crime.
  7. To engage (someone) to participate in a task.
    How can we involve the audience more during the show?
    By getting involved in her local community, Mary met lots of people and also helped make it a nicer place to live.
    • 1814 July 6, [Walter Scott], Waverley; or, ’Tis Sixty Years Since. In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 270129598 ↗:
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  8. (mathematics) To raise to any assigned power; to multiply, as a quantity, into itself a given number of times.
    a quantity involved to the third or fourth power
Synonyms Translations
  • Russian: обёртывать
  • Spanish: envolver
Translations
  • Portuguese: envolver
  • Russian: оку́тывать
Translations
  • Russian: запу́тывать
Translations
  • French: collaborer
  • Russian: каса́ться
  • Spanish: envolverse con
Translations
  • Russian: включа́ть
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: elevar
  • Russian: возводи́ть в сте́пень



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