involve meaning, involve definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( involves    3rd person present)   ( involving    present participle)   ( involved    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If a situation or activity involves something, that thing is a necessary part or consequence of it.   (=entail)  
Running a kitchen involves a great deal of discipline and speed...      V n/-ing  
Nicky's job as a public relations director involves spending quite a lot of time with other people.      V n/-ing  
2       verb   If a situation or activity involves someone, they are taking part in it.  
If there was a cover-up, it involved people at the very highest levels of government.      V n  
3       verb   If you say that someone involves themselves in something, you mean that they take part in it, often in a way that is unnecessary or unwanted.  
I seem to have involved myself in something I don't understand.      V pron-refl in n  
4       verb   If you involve someone else in something, you get them to take part in it.  
Noel and I do everything together, he involves me in everything...      V n in n/-ing  
5       verb   If one thing involves you in another thing, especially something unpleasant or inconvenient, the first thing causes you to do or deal with the second.  
A late booking may involve you in extra cost...      V n in n  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    entail, imply, mean, necessitate, presuppose, require  
2    affect, associate, compromise, concern, connect, draw in, implicate, incriminate, inculpate, mix up     (informal)   stitch up     (slang)   touch  
3    comprehend, comprise, contain, cover, embrace, include, incorporate, number among, take in  
4    absorb, bind, commit, engage, engross, grip, hold, preoccupy, rivet, wrap up  
5    complicate, embroil, enmesh, entangle, link, mire, mix up, snarl up, tangle  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

! involve v.
engage as a participant

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