involve

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From Latin involvere.

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involve (third-person singular simple present involves, present participle involving, simple past and past participle involved)

  1. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
    • John Milton
      Some of serpent kind [] involved / Their snaky folds.
  2. To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity.
    • John Milton
      And leave a singèd bottom all involved / With stench and smoke.
  3. To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure.
    • John Locke
      Involved discourses.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 17, The China Governess[1]:
      The face which emerged was not reassuring. […]. He was not a mongol but there was a deficiency of a sort there, and it was not made more pretty by a latter-day hair cut which involved eccentrically long elf-locks and oiled black curls.
  4. To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
    • John Milton
      He knows / His end with mine involved.
    • Tillotson
      The contrary necessarily involves a contradiction.
    • 2013 July-August, Sarah Glaz, “Ode to Prime Numbers”, American Scientist, volume 101, number 4: 
      Some poems, echoing the purpose of early poetic treatises on scientific principles, attempt to elucidate the mathematical concepts that underlie prime numbers. Others play with primes’ cultural associations. Still others derive their structure from mathematical patterns involving primes.
  5. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge.
    • Alexander Pope
      The gathering number, as it moves along, / Involves a vast involuntary throng.
    • John Milton
      Earth with hell / To mingle and involve.
  6. To envelop, enfold, entangle, or embarrass.
    to involve a person in debt or misery
  7. To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb.
  8. (mathematics) To raise to any assigned power; to multiply, as a quantity, into itself a given number of times.
    a quantity involved to the third or fourth power

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involve

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of involvō