- 1 if a situation, an event or an activity involves something, that thing is an important or necessary part or result of it synonym entail involve something Any investment involves an element of risk. Many of the crimes involved drugs. involve doing something The test will involve answering questions about a photograph. involve somebody/something doing something The job involves me travelling all over the country. (formal) The job involves my travelling all over the country. More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet.
- 2 involve somebody/something if a situation, an event or an activity involves somebody/something, they take part in it or are affected by it There was a serious incident involving a group of youths. How many vehicles were involved in the crash?
- 3 to make somebody take part in something involve somebody (in something/in doing something) We want to involve as many people as possible in the celebrations. involve yourself (in something) Parents should involve themselves in their child's education.
- 4involve somebody (in something) to say or do something to show that somebody took part in something, especially a crime synonym implicate His confession involved a number of other politicians in the affair. Word Origin late Middle English (in the senses ‘enfold’ and ‘entangle’; formerly also as envolve): from Latin involvere, from in-
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BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɒlv//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɑːlv//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they involve
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɒlv//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɑːlv//he / she / it involves
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɒlvz//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɑːlvz//past simple involved
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɒlvd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɑːlvd//past participle involved
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɒlvd//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɑːlvd//-ing form involving
BrE BrE//ɪnˈvɒlvɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ɪnˈvɑːlvɪŋ//