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  1. (v. t.) To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
  2. (v. t.) To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
  3. (v. t.) To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve a person in debt or misery.
  4. (v. t.) To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure.
  5. (v. t.) To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb.
  6. (v. t.) To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge.
  7. (v. t.) To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity.
  8. (v. t.) To raise to any assigned power; to multiply, as a quantity, into itself a given number of times; as, a quantity involved to the third or fourth power.
Word: in·volve
Pronunciation of involve: in-'välv, -'volv also -'väv or -'vov
Function of involve: transitive verb
Other forms of involve: in·volved; in·volv·ing
Origin of involve: Middle English, to roll up, wrap, from Latin involvere, from in- volvere to roll -- more at VOLUBLE
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 : to have an effect on
synonym see INCLUDE
- in·volve·ment /-'välv-m&nt, -'volv-/ noun
- in·volv·er noun

Synonyms of involve

Affect, Ask, Demand, Imply, Necessitate, Need, Postulate, Regard, Require, Take,

Antonyms of involve

Eliminate, Obviate,