transitive verb (involved; involving) Etymology: Middle English, to roll up, wrap, from Latin involvere, from in- + volvere to roll — more at voluble Date: 14th century 1. archaic to enfold or envelop so as to encumber 2. a. to engage as a participant <
workers involved in building a house
b. to oblige to take part <
right of Congress to involve the nation in war
c. to occupy (as oneself) absorbingly; especially to commit (as oneself) emotionally <
was involved with a married man
3. to surround as if with a wrapping ; envelop 4. a. archaic to wind, coil, or wreathe about b. to relate closely ; connect 5. a. to have within or as part of itself ; include b. to require as a necessary accompaniment ; entail c. affect III <
the cancer involved the lymph nodes
Synonyms: see includeinvolvement nouninvolver noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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