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Definition of INVOLVE

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Involve \In*volve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Involved}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Involving}.] [L. involvere, involutum, to roll about, wrap up; pref. in- in + volvere to roll: cf. OF. involver. See {Voluble}, and cf. {Involute}.] [1913 Webster]
     1. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine. [1913 Webster]

              Some of serpent kind . . . involved
              Their snaky folds.                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity. [1913 Webster]

              And leave a sing[`e]d bottom all involved With stench and smoke.                --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     3. To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure. "Involved discourses." --Locke. [1913 Webster]

     4. To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply. [1913 Webster]

              He knows
              His end with mine involved.           --Milton. [1913 Webster]

              The contrary necessarily involves a contradiction.
                                                    --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

     5. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge. [R.] [1913 Webster]

              The gathering number, as it moves along, Involves a vast involuntary throng.   --Pope. [1913 Webster]

              Earth with hell
              To mingle and involve.                --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     6. To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve a person in debt or misery. [1913 Webster]

     7. To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb.
        "Involved in a deep study." --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

     8. (Math.) 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.

     Syn: To imply; include; implicate; complicate; entangle; embarrass; overwhelm.

     Usage: To {Involve}, {Imply}. Imply is opposed to express, or set forth; thus, an implied engagement is one fairly to be understood from the words used or the circumstances of the case, though not set forth in form. Involve goes beyond the mere interpretation of things into their necessary relations; and hence, if one thing involves another, it so contains it that the two must go together by an indissoluble connection. War, for example, involves wide spread misery and death; the premises of a syllogism involve the conclusion. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

256 Moby Thesaurus words for "involve": absorb, absorb the attention, adorn, affect, affect the interest, allegorize, allude to, answer to, appertain to, apply to, approve, argue, arrest, assail, associate with, assume, attack, attest, attract, ball up, be indicative of, be significant of, be symptomatic of, bear on, bear upon, belong to, bespeak, betoken, breathe, bring, bring to mind, burden, call for, catch, catch up, catch up in, censure, characterize, charm, close, compass, compass about, complicate, comprehend, comprise, concern, confound, confuse, connect, connect with, connote, contain, convolute, correspond to, count in, cover, cramp, criminate, cripple, cry out against, cry out on, cry shame upon, cumber, deal with, decorate, demonstrate, denominate, denote, differentiate, disclose, display, draw in, elaborate, embarrass, embay, embellish, embody, embosom, embrace, embrangle, embroider, embroil, enchant, enclasp, enclose, encompass, encumber, enfold, engage, engage the attention, engage the mind, engage the thoughts, engross, engross the mind, engross the thoughts, enmesh, enrich, ensnarl, entail, entangle, enthrall, entoil, entrammel, entrap, entwine, envelop, environ, enwrap, evidence, evince, excite, excite interest, exercise, exhibit, express, fascinate, festoon, fetter, flourish, foul up, furnish evidence, gild, give evidence, give indication of, give token, go around, go round, go to show, grab, grip, hamper, hamstring, handicap, have, have connection with, highlight, hint, hobble, hold, hold spellbound, hold the interest, hypnotize, identify, illustrate, immerse, impede, implicate, imply, import, impugn, include, incorporate, incriminate, inculpate, indicate, infer, insinuate, interest, intimate, invest, invite, involve in, involve the interest, knot, lame, lap, lead to, liaise with, lime, link with, load with ornament, louse up, lumber, manifest, mark, mean, mean to say, mesmerize, mess up, mire, mix up, monopolize, muck up, muddle, necessitate, net, note, number among, obsess, occupy, occupy the attention, ornament, overcharge, overlay, overload, perplex, pertain to, pique, point indirectly to, point to, preoccupy, press down, presume, presuppose, provoke, ramify, ravel, refer to, regard, relate to, require, respect, reveal, saddle with, screw up, set forth, shackle, show, show signs of, signalize, signify, snarl, snarl up, speak for itself, speak volumes, spellbind, stand for, stimulate, subsume, suck into, suggest, suppose, surround, symptomatize, symptomize, take, take for granted, take in, take up, tangle, tantalize, tell, tend to show, testify, tickle, tie in with, titillate, toil, touch, touch upon, trammel, treat of, trick out, varnish, weigh down, wrap


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