Definition of involve in English:

involve

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Have or include (something) as a necessary or integral part or result.

    ‘my job involves a lot of travelling’
    ‘a bill proposing harsher penalties for crimes involving firearms and drugs’
    • ‘It was a workload which included every aspect of the job and even involved coverage of sport.’
    • ‘Ian thinks being an estate agent is not a nine to five job and the work involves long hours and weekends.’
    • ‘It can involve a lot of hassle and it is our job as a company to take the pain out of the process.’
    • ‘He has recently gained a promotion and his new job will involve no overseas travel.’
    • ‘Both burials appear to have involved ceremonies which included setting fires and placing offerings.’
    • ‘Economic integration involves links between the economies of a group of countries.’
    • ‘This result does not involve any unconstitutional border crossing by the court.’
    • ‘Liz was a management consultant, a job which involved a great deal of travel, particularly to the United States.’
    • ‘So she has embarked on three jobs involving working seven days a week and some evenings in order to find the cash.’
    • ‘Payment of a penalty involves no admission of guilt or record of criminal conviction.’
    • ‘Yet at Tynecastle he knows his first job will involve the hand of friendship, not the iron fist.’
    • ‘A lot of it involved going around the globe looking for cataloguing details of various books.’
    • ‘This will involve full assessment, usually including an X-ray of the affected leg.’
    • ‘Several factors are involved, including increasing drink prices and the ban on smoking in bars.’
    • ‘He drives a lorry and one of his jobs involves taking stuff people put in recycling bins.’
    • ‘Conceivably, any job involving high levels of interpersonal contact may lead to burnout.’
    • ‘I am not aware of having injured my back but my job does involve occasional lifting and bending.’
    • ‘This exercise has necessarily involved a piecemeal analysis of the factual and expert evidence.’
    • ‘Kniffin adds that he hopes these findings may encourage the consumers of this information to rethink the value of cosmetic surgery, especially if it involves risk.’
    • ‘Sarah has been working at West Mid for the past 13 years and her job involves a variety of tasks.’
    require, necessitate, demand, call for
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    1. 1.1Cause to participate in an activity or situation.
      ‘an opportunity to involve as many people as possible in all aspects of music-making’
      • ‘According to evidence gathered by police and immigration officers, many had been involved in criminal activity.’
      • ‘We were both involved in activities at church and we were thrust together more often then not.’
      • ‘Those of us who were involved in these activities in the Vietnam War era know that this will work.’
      • ‘I mean the club certainly makes enough money without having to be involved in such activities.’
      • ‘She made false allegations to police that they were involved in criminal activity and she also claimed he had threatened to kill her.’
      • ‘Ivanov also rejected allegations that he was involved in criminal activities.’
      • ‘By contrast, Iris reveals an apparent indifference to the grisly activities she is involved in.’
      • ‘Over the years, the inmates have been involved in other activities as well.’
      • ‘He fell into fast company and before long, found himself involved in illegal activities.’
      • ‘I do remember that my sister and I were involved in somewhat questionable activities.’
      • ‘So it was like a small number of people who are involved in this terrorist activity.’
      • ‘He said the individuals who were involved in these activities had to stop before lives were lost.’
      • ‘He admitted to have been involved in shooting activities but he said he never bought any of his own.’
      • ‘He was wheeled up from Casualty under Police guard, as he was alleged to be involved in criminal activity.’
      • ‘Do you often find yourself involved in a situation without having planned it at all?’
      • ‘This could apply even if the individual is involved in commercial activities abroad.’
      • ‘In a statement he claimed that Majid is deeply involved in the militancy activities.’
      • ‘Helen was a very quiet and gently person and was deeply involved in parish activities.’
      • ‘It might be an individual or a local farmers group or a religious or community group which is involved in the activity.’
      • ‘That can be difficult, particularly if the parent has been involved in difficult domestic situations.’
    2. 1.2Be or become occupied or engrossed in something.
      ‘her husband had been very involved in his work’
      • ‘It's not considered uncool or in some way shifty to be involved in politics, which is probably a healthy thing.’
      • ‘They tell the rebels they cannot be involved in the politics of our country.’
      • ‘He's never been involved in the drugs scene at all and he's not a drug user himself.’
      • ‘I'm not smart enough to do crossword puzzles, so I'm very involved in the politics and governance of this place.’
      • ‘Farr-Jones now lives and works in Sydney, where he is also involved in local politics.’
      • ‘But it was always the statistics that made it clear to me why I was involved in the politics of it all.’
      • ‘Prior to the criminalisation of cocaine and opium, organised crime had no reason to be involved in the drugs trade.’
      • ‘I know that when I was at school I was involved in lots of sports and when I left everything stopped.’
      • ‘Philip Hendry had been involved in local politics almost since the time Jill and I came to Bedford thirty years ago.’
      • ‘Out political leaders seem to be drawing up a list of people and principles that shouldn't be involved in politics.’
      • ‘Doubt I would have been involved in politics if I had been around then.’
      • ‘I would impose restrictions on those suspected of being involved in organised crime.’
      • ‘They have had families and know what it's like being involved in politics.’
      • ‘She says she knew Danny was involved in drugs, lured into dealing at a young age by the designer clothes and money which came with it.’
      • ‘Police believe the change will help them track aggressive beggars and those who might be involved in more serious crime.’
      • ‘Chamberlain was suddenly thrust into a position which required him to be involved in European politics.’
      • ‘She added that her daughter was clean living and that there was no suggestion she was involved in the drug scene.’
      • ‘Bishops, priests and nuns, both Rwandese and foreign, were involved in Rwanda's politics.’
      • ‘He was heavily involved in medical politics, and served on several committees.’
      • ‘He is involved in a lot of things in South Africa such as the Black Economic Improvement Movement.’
    3. 1.3Be engaged in an emotional or personal relationship.
      ‘Angela told me she was involved with someone else’
      • ‘I mean these are a great bunch of people, very talented people to be involved with.’
      • ‘This is the first time that he has been involved with such an emotional and grand project.’
      • ‘Louie wasn't able to drive it, but he lived his dream in bringing up his brother and the other people he's been involved with.’
      • ‘The people that's been involved with that sort of situation in the past.’
      • ‘I think actors and people who are involved with a lifelong commitment understand that you have to fail sometimes.’
      • ‘The people I'm involved with seem really inspired by the music, which isn't easy to find.’
      • ‘She also wrote in what must have seemed at the time in an unwomanly way, not being emotionally involved with her characters.’
      • ‘Possibly, when Amber takes the stand as to why she was involved with a married man.’
      • ‘Anyway, I am about the last person who should be emotionally involved with anyone right now.’
      • ‘I have never knowingly had a friend who was sexually involved with a married man.’
      • ‘She estimates that most of us are emotionally involved with five or six old loves at the same time.’
      • ‘But if you can be friends with people you got involved with emotionally, that's got to be better than not.’
      • ‘They did not want to be involved with me in a romantic relationship.’
      • ‘Some have suggested she was a lesbian but, says Jack ‘she loved men and was involved with them’.’
      • ‘Is it different when you are emotionally involved with the person you are producing?’
      • ‘These findings indicate that we had been successful in recruiting people who were closely involved with the dying patient.’
      • ‘100 pages into a book, you should be emotionally involved with the characters to some extent.’
      • ‘How many of those have you been personally involved with or have first hand information about?’
      • ‘He said his wife had loved being involved with people and with the community.’
      • ‘Few of the women he was involved with seem to bear him a lasting grudge, however - or to have minded his eccentric, hobo ways.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the senses ‘enfold’ and ‘entangle’; formerly also as envolve): from Latin involvere, from in- into + volvere to roll.

Pronunciation:

involve

/ɪnˈvɒlv/