[ in-volvd ]
/ ɪnˈvɒlvd /


very intricate or complex: an involved reply.
implicated: involved in crime.
concerned in some affair, especially in a way likely to cause danger or unpleasantness: I didn't call the police because I didn't want to get involved.
committed or engaged, as in a political cause or artistic movement: The civil rights demonstration attracted the involved young people of the area.

Origin of involved

First recorded in 1600–10; involve + -ed2


in·volv·ed·ly [in-vol-vid-lee, -volvd-] /ɪnˈvɒl vɪd li, -ˈvɒlvd-/, adverb in·volv·ed·ness, noun non·in·volved, adjective un·in·volved, adjective

Definition for involved (2 of 2)

[ in-volv ]
/ ɪnˈvɒlv /

verb (used with object), in·volved, in·volv·ing.

Origin of involve

1350–1400; Middle English involven < Latin involvere to roll in or up, equivalent to in- in-2 + volvere to roll; see revolve


6, 7, 9 Involve, entangle, implicate imply getting a person connected or bound up with something from which it is difficult to extricate himself or herself. To involve is to bring more or less deeply into something, especially of a complicated, embarrassing, or troublesome nature: to involve someone in debt. To entangle (usually passive or reflexive) is to involve so deeply in a tangle as to confuse and make helpless: to entangle oneself in a mass of contradictory statements. To implicate is to connect a person with something discreditable or wrong: implicated in a plot.


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British Dictionary definitions for involved (1 of 2)

/ (ɪnˈvɒlvd) /


complicated; difficult to comprehend an involved literary style
(usually postpositive) concerned or implicated one of the men involved
(postpositive foll by with) euphemistic having sexual relations she was involved with a number of men

British Dictionary definitions for involved (2 of 2)

/ (ɪnˈvɒlv) /

verb (tr)

to include or contain as a necessary part the task involves hard work
to have an effect on; spread to the investigation involved many innocent people
(often passive; usually foll by in or with) to concern or associate significantly many people were involved in the crime
(often passive) to make complicated; tangle the situation was further involved by her disappearance
rare, often poetic to wrap or surround
maths obsolete to raise to a specified power

Derived forms of involve

involvement, noun involver, noun

Word Origin for involve

C14: from Latin involvere to roll in, surround, from in- ² + volvere to roll

Idioms and Phrases with involved


see get involved with.