(1)   Make complex or intricate or complicated
"The situation was rather involved"
(2)   Occupy or engage the interest of
"His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon"
(3)   Wrap
"The tower was involved in mist"
(4)   Require as useful, just, or proper
"It takes nerve to do what she did"
"Success usually requires hard work"
"This job asks a lot of patience and skill"
"This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice"
"This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert"
"This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent"
(5)   Contain as a part
"Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses"
(6)   Have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail
"This decision involves many changes"
(7)   Connect closely and often incriminatingly
"This new ruling affects your business"
(8)   Engage as a participant
"Don't involve me in your family affairs!"


  1. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
  2. To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity.
  3. To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure.
  4. To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
  5. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge.
  6. To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve a person in debt or misery.
  7. To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb.
  8. 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.
  9. Status: involved


  • to imply
  • include
  • implicate
  • complicate
  • entangle
  • embarrass
  • overwhelm