Definition of involve in English:



  • 1 (of a situation or event) include (something) as a necessary part or result.

    ‘his transfer to another school would involve a lengthy assessment procedure’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It can involve a lot of hassle and it is our job as a company to take the pain out of the process.’
    • ‘So she has embarked on three jobs involving working seven days a week and some evenings in order to find the cash.’
    • ‘He drives a lorry and one of his jobs involves taking stuff people put in recycling bins.’
    • ‘Liz was a management consultant, a job which involved a great deal of travel, particularly to the United States.’
    • ‘I am not aware of having injured my back but my job does involve occasional lifting and bending.’
    • ‘Sarah has been working at West Mid for the past 13 years and her job involves a variety of tasks.’
    • ‘This exercise has necessarily involved a piecemeal analysis of the factual and expert evidence.’
    • ‘Yet at Tynecastle he knows his first job will involve the hand of friendship, not the iron fist.’
    • ‘Conceivably, any job involving high levels of interpersonal contact may lead to burnout.’
    • ‘Ian thinks being an estate agent is not a nine to five job and the work involves long hours and weekends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both burials appear to have involved ceremonies which included setting fires and placing offerings.’
    • ‘It was a workload which included every aspect of the job and even involved coverage of sport.’
    • ‘Payment of a penalty involves no admission of guilt or record of criminal conviction.’
    • ‘Economic integration involves links between the economies of a group of countries.’
    • ‘Several factors are involved, including increasing drink prices and the ban on smoking in bars.’
    • ‘He has recently gained a promotion and his new job will involve no overseas travel.’
    • ‘This result does not involve any unconstitutional border crossing by the court.’
    require, necessitate, demand, call for
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    1. 1.1Cause (a person or group) to experience or participate in an activity or situation.
      ‘what kind of organizations will be involved in setting up these projects?’
      • ‘Those of us who were involved in these activities in the Vietnam War era know that this will work.’
      • ‘This could apply even if the individual is involved in commercial activities abroad.’
      • ‘Helen was a very quiet and gently person and was deeply involved in parish activities.’
      • ‘He fell into fast company and before long, found himself involved in illegal activities.’
      • ‘He was wheeled up from Casualty under Police guard, as he was alleged to be involved in criminal activity.’
      • ‘He admitted to have been involved in shooting activities but he said he never bought any of his own.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘According to evidence gathered by police and immigration officers, many had been involved in criminal activity.’
      • ‘Ivanov also rejected allegations that he was involved in criminal activities.’
      • ‘I mean the club certainly makes enough money without having to be involved in such activities.’
      • ‘We were both involved in activities at church and we were thrust together more often then not.’
      • ‘I do remember that my sister and I were involved in somewhat questionable activities.’
      • ‘That can be difficult, particularly if the parent has been involved in difficult domestic situations.’
      • ‘Do you often find yourself involved in a situation without having planned it at all?’
      • ‘It might be an individual or a local farmers group or a religious or community group which is involved in the activity.’
      • ‘She made false allegations to police that they were involved in criminal activity and she also claimed he had threatened to kill her.’
      • ‘In a statement he claimed that Majid is deeply involved in the militancy activities.’
      include, count in, take in, bring in, draw in, take into account, take account of, take note of, allow for
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    2. 1.2Be engaged in an emotional or personal relationship.
      ‘Angela told me she was involved with someone else’
      married, wed, wedded, joined in marriage, joined in matrimony, united in wedlock
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Late Middle English (in the senses enfold and entangle; formerly also as envolve): from Latin involvere, from in- into + volvere to roll.