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Borrowed from Latin involvō.



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

  1. (archaic) To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
  2. (archaic) 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. (archaic) To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost Book II
      He knows / His end with mine involved.
    • a. 1694, John Tillotson, Sermon
      The contrary necessarily involves a contradiction.
    • 2013 July-August, Sarah Glaz, “Ode to Prime Numbers”, in 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.
    • 1728-1743, Alexander Pope, The Dunciad
      The gathering number, as it moves along,
      Involves a vast involuntary throng.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost Book II
      Earth with hell / To mingle and involve.
  6. To envelop, enfold, entangle.
    to involve a person in debt or misery
    He's involved in the crime.
  7. To engage (someone) to participate in a task.
    How can we involve the audience more during the show?
    By getting involved in her local community, Mary met lots of people and also helped make it a nicer place to live.
  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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  1. second-person singular present active imperative of involvō