Definition of involve in US English:

involve

verb

[with object]
  • 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’
    • ‘Both burials appear to have involved ceremonies which included setting fires and placing offerings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a workload which included every aspect of the job and even involved coverage of sport.’
    • ‘He drives a lorry and one of his jobs involves taking stuff people put in recycling bins.’
    • ‘It can involve a lot of hassle and it is our job as a company to take the pain out of the process.’
    • ‘A lot of it involved going around the globe looking for cataloguing details of various books.’
    • ‘I am not aware of having injured my back but my job does involve occasional lifting and bending.’
    • ‘Several factors are involved, including increasing drink prices and the ban on smoking in bars.’
    • ‘Ian thinks being an estate agent is not a nine to five job and the work involves long hours and weekends.’
    • ‘This will involve full assessment, usually including an X-ray of the affected leg.’
    • ‘Liz was a management consultant, a job which involved a great deal of travel, particularly to the United States.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So she has embarked on three jobs involving working seven days a week and some evenings in order to find the cash.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sarah has been working at West Mid for the past 13 years and her job involves a variety of tasks.’
    • ‘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.’
    require, necessitate, demand, call for
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    1. 1.1 Cause (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?’
      • ‘Do you often find yourself involved in a situation without having planned it at all?’
      • ‘Those of us who were involved in these activities in the Vietnam War era know that this will work.’
      • ‘In a statement he claimed that Majid is deeply involved in the militancy activities.’
      • ‘He said the individuals who were involved in these activities had to stop before lives were lost.’
      • ‘That can be difficult, particularly if the parent has been involved in difficult domestic situations.’
      • ‘According to evidence gathered by police and immigration officers, many had been involved in criminal activity.’
      • ‘She made false allegations to police that they were involved in criminal activity and she also claimed he had threatened to kill her.’
      • ‘I do remember that my sister and I were involved in somewhat questionable activities.’
      • ‘He was wheeled up from Casualty under Police guard, as he was alleged to be involved in criminal activity.’
      • ‘Ivanov also rejected allegations that he was involved in criminal activities.’
      • ‘We were both involved in activities at church and we were thrust together more often then not.’
      • ‘He fell into fast company and before long, found himself involved in illegal activities.’
      • ‘Helen was a very quiet and gently person and was deeply involved in parish activities.’
      • ‘I mean the club certainly makes enough money without having to be involved in such activities.’
      • ‘This could apply even if the individual is involved in commercial activities abroad.’
      • ‘So it was like a small number of people who are involved in this terrorist 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.’
      • ‘It might be an individual or a local farmers group or a religious or community group which is involved in the activity.’
      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 involved Be engaged in an emotional or personal relationship.
      ‘Angela told me she was involved with someone else’
      • ‘They did not want to be involved with me in a romantic relationship.’
      • ‘He said his wife had loved being involved with people and with the community.’
      • ‘These findings indicate that we had been successful in recruiting people who were closely involved with the dying patient.’
      • ‘Is it different when you are emotionally involved with the person you are producing?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Few of the women he was involved with seem to bear him a lasting grudge, however - or to have minded his eccentric, hobo ways.’
      • ‘But if you can be friends with people you got involved with emotionally, that's got to be better than not.’
      • ‘She estimates that most of us are emotionally involved with five or six old loves at the same time.’
      • ‘I mean these are a great bunch of people, very talented people to be involved with.’
      • ‘I have never knowingly had a friend who was sexually involved with a married man.’
      • ‘Possibly, when Amber takes the stand as to why she was involved with a married man.’
      • ‘How many of those have you been personally involved with or have first hand information about?’
      • ‘100 pages into a book, you should be emotionally involved with the characters to some extent.’
      • ‘The people that's been involved with that sort of situation in the past.’
      • ‘Some have suggested she was a lesbian but, says Jack ‘she loved men and was involved with them’.’
      • ‘She also wrote in what must have seemed at the time in an unwomanly way, not being emotionally involved with her characters.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Anyway, I am about the last person who should be emotionally involved with anyone right now.’
      married, wed, wedded, joined in marriage, joined in matrimony, united in wedlock
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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

/inˈvälv//ɪnˈvɑlv/