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involve +‎ -ed



involved (comparative more involved, superlative most involved)

  1. Complicated.
    He related an involved story about every ancestor since 1895.
    • 1915, W[illiam] Somerset Maugham, chapter XLIII, in Of Human Bondage, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, →OCLC:
      Miss Price told him a long, involved story, which made out that Mrs. Otter, a humdrum and respectable little person, had scabrous intrigues.
    • 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian[1]:
      E-commerce has turned even the laying of a floor into a fiendishly involved business.
  2. Associated with others, be a participant or make someone be a participant (in a crime, process, etc.)
    He was involved in the project for three years.
    He got involved in a bar fight.
    When the family wrapped up my father's will, no one tried to make me feel involved.
  3. Having an affair with someone.

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  1. simple past and past participle of involve
    The explanation involved potatoes, squirrels, and race cars.