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’
    • ‘I am not aware of having injured my back but my job does involve occasional lifting and bending.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Both burials appear to have involved ceremonies which included setting fires and placing offerings.’
    • ‘Several factors are involved, including increasing drink prices and the ban on smoking in bars.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Conceivably, any job involving high levels of interpersonal contact may lead to burnout.’
    • ‘He has recently gained a promotion and his new job will involve no overseas travel.’
    • ‘Liz was a management consultant, a job which involved a great deal of travel, particularly to the United States.’
    • ‘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 result does not involve any unconstitutional border crossing by the court.’
    • ‘This will involve full assessment, usually including an X-ray of the affected leg.’
    • ‘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?’
      • ‘According to evidence gathered by police and immigration officers, many had been involved in criminal activity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In a statement he claimed that Majid is deeply involved in the militancy activities.’
      • ‘She made false allegations to police that they were involved in criminal activity and she also claimed he had threatened to kill her.’
      • ‘He admitted to have been involved in shooting activities but he said he never bought any of his own.’
      • ‘It might be an individual or a local farmers group or a religious or community group which is involved in the activity.’
      • ‘So it was like a small number of people who are involved in this terrorist activity.’
      • ‘That can be difficult, particularly if the parent has been involved in difficult domestic situations.’
      • ‘He said the individuals who were involved in these activities had to stop before lives were lost.’
      • ‘I do remember that my sister and I were involved in somewhat questionable activities.’
      • ‘Do you often find yourself involved in a situation without having planned it at all?’
      • ‘He fell into fast company and before long, found himself involved in illegal activities.’
      • ‘We were both involved in activities at church and we were thrust together more often then not.’
      • ‘By contrast, Iris reveals an apparent indifference to the grisly activities she is involved in.’
      • ‘Ivanov also rejected allegations that he was involved in criminal activities.’
      • ‘He was wheeled up from Casualty under Police guard, as he was alleged to be involved in criminal activity.’
      • ‘Those of us who were involved in these activities in the Vietnam War era know that this will work.’
      • ‘Over the years, the inmates have been involved in other activities as well.’
      • ‘I mean the club certainly makes enough money without having to be involved in such 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 involved Be engaged in an emotional or personal relationship.
      ‘Angela told me she was involved with someone else’
      • ‘He said his wife had loved being involved with people and with the community.’
      • ‘They did not want to be involved with me in a romantic relationship.’
      • ‘But if you can be friends with people you got involved with emotionally, that's got to be better than not.’
      • ‘Few of the women he was involved with seem to bear him a lasting grudge, however - or to have minded his eccentric, hobo ways.’
      • ‘I think actors and people who are involved with a lifelong commitment understand that you have to fail sometimes.’
      • ‘She estimates that most of us are emotionally involved with five or six old loves at the same time.’
      • ‘Some have suggested she was a lesbian but, says Jack ‘she loved men and was involved with them’.’
      • ‘Possibly, when Amber takes the stand as to why she was involved with a married man.’
      • ‘The people I'm involved with seem really inspired by the music, which isn't easy to find.’
      • ‘Is it different when you are emotionally involved with the person you are producing?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She also wrote in what must have seemed at the time in an unwomanly way, not being emotionally involved with her characters.’
      • ‘The people that's been involved with that sort of situation in the past.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I have never knowingly had a friend who was sexually involved with a married man.’
      • ‘Anyway, I am about the last person who should be emotionally involved with anyone right now.’
      • ‘How many of those have you been personally involved with or have first hand information about?’
      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/