involve


involve
involve 1 *entangle, enmesh
Analogous words: complicate (see complicated under COMPLEX): confuse, confound, *mistake: perplex, mystify, nonplus, *puzzle
2 comprehend, embrace, *include, imply, subsume
Analogous words: import, *mean, signify, denote: bespeak, attest, betoken, *indicate, argue, prove
Contrasted words: eliminate, *exclude, rule out, debar
3 Involve, implicate mean to bring a person or thing into circumstances or a situation from which he or it is not easily freed. Involve (see also INCLUDE) need not impute disgrace to the circumstances or situation but it usually implies complication or entangling and often suggests extreme embarrassment
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the war may not end until every nation in Europe is involved in it

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the case of a judge involved by the exigencies of his office in a strong conflict between public duty and private interest or affection— Colvin

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had been involved in some affair that made it uncomfortable for him to return to live in that city— Anderson

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the controversies . . . moved on in all their ugliness to involve others— J. M. Brown

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Implicate usually implies a disgraceful connection or one that casts a reflection on a person's reputation; it may even imply definite proof of association with a crime
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the detectives discovered that an uncle of the child was implicated in its kidnapping

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they were unable to implicate any of the suspected political leaders in the conspiracy to defraud the city

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all men, even the most virtuous and wise, are implicated in historic evil— Niebuhr

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Analogous words: ensnare, entrap, snare, trap (see CATCH): connect, link, associate, relate (see JOIN): *embarrass: fetter, shackle, *hamper
Contrasted words: *extricate, disentangle, untangle, disembarrass: disengage, *detach: *free, liberate, release

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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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Involve — may refer to the following organisations: * Involve (UK Think Tank)* INVOLVE (UK National Advisory group)* Involve Records (New Zealand record company)* Involve, a Journal of Mathematics * Involve (Swedish IT company) …   Wikipedia

  • involve — 1. This heavily used word has extended its meaning from the notion of envelopment or entanglement (it is derived from the Latin word involvere meaning ‘to enwrap’) to less precise forms of connection, as in What does the work involve? and No… …   Modern English usage

  • involve — (v.) late 14c., envelop, surround, from L. involvere envelop, surround, overwhelm, lit. roll into, from in in (see IN (Cf. in ) (2)) + volvere to roll (see VULVA (Cf. vulva)). Originally envelop, surround, sense of take in, include first …   Etymology dictionary

  • involve — [v] draw in; include absorb, affect, argue, associate, bind, catch, commit, complicate, comprehend, comprise, compromise, concern, connect, contain, cover, denote, embrace, embroil, engage, engross, enmesh, entail, entangle, grip, hold, hook,… …   New thesaurus

  • involve — ► VERB 1) (of a situation or event) include as a necessary part or result. 2) cause to experience or participate in an activity or situation. DERIVATIVES involvement noun. ORIGIN originally in the senses «enfold» and «entangle»: from Latin… …   English terms dictionary

  • involve — [in välv′, invôlv′] vt. involved, involving [ME involven < L involvere < in , in + volvere, to roll: see WALK] 1. Archaic to enfold or envelop as in a wrapping [fog involved the shoreline] 2. Obs. to wind spirally; coil up 3. to make… …   English World dictionary

  • involve */*/*/ — UK [ɪnˈvɒlv] / US [ɪnˈvɑlv] verb [transitive] Word forms involve : present tense I/you/we/they involve he/she/it involves present participle involving past tense involved past participle involved 1) to include something as a necessary part of an… …   English dictionary

  • involve — verb (T) 1 to include something as a necessary part or result: What will the job involve? | I didn t realize putting on a play involved so much work. | involve doing sth: Every day each of us makes decisions that involve taking a chance. 2 to… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English