tr.v. in·volved, in·volv·ing, in·volves
a. To have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail: was told that the job would involve travel.
b. To relate to or affect: The matter is serious because it involves your reputation.
c. To cause to burn; spread to: The blaze involved the house next door.
a. To engage as a participant; embroil: The bystanders got involved in a dispute with the police.
b. To show to be a participant; connect or implicate: evidence that involved the governor in the scandal.
c. To engage (oneself) in a love affair: was involved with a colleague at work.
3. To occupy or engage the interest of: a story that completely involved me for the rest of the evening.
4. To wrap; envelop: a castle that was involved in mist.
5. Archaic To wind or coil about.
[Middle English involven, from Latin involvere, to enwrap : in-, in; see IN-2 + volvere, to roll, turn; see wel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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