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Involve appears in the following pangram (a sentence using every letter of the alphabet at least once):

  • I quickly explained that many big jobs involve few hazards. (49 letters)
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The word involve and its family (involved, involvement, involves, involving, uninvolved) are included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the verb involve

What does involve mean as a doing word?

Involve is one of the top 100 most common verbs. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 100 most common verbs in informational written English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: involved | involving | involves

  1. connect closely and often incriminatingly
  2. engage as a participant
    • example: Don't involve me in your family affairs!
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]They thoughtlessly involved me
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] in [Destination]They thoughtlessly involved me in their affairs

      Involve Verbs (with the same syntax): engage, enroll, include, relate.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic terms: admit / include / let in = allow participation in or the right to be part of
    • more specific terms:
  3. have as a necessary feature
    • example: This decision involves many changes
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2]This concerns both of us

      Verbs of Relating (with the same syntax): bear on, concern, touch, touch on.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonym of involve: imply
    • more generic words: feature / have = have as a feature
    • more specific word: carry = be necessarily associated with or result in or involve
  4. require as useful, just, or proper
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2]Success requires hard work
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2] from [Source]Success requires hard work from us
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, arbitrary control with -ing]Success requires working long hours
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, for-complement clause]Success requires for us to work hard
      [Theme 1] [Verb] [Theme 2, that-complement clause]Success requires that we work hard

      Require Verbs (with the same syntax): demand, necessitate, need, require, take.

    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • synonyms of involve: ask / call for / demand / necessitate / need / postulate / require / take
    • more specific terms:
      • claim / exact / take = take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
      • govern = require to be in a certain grammatical case, voice, or mood
      • draw = require a specified depth for floating
      • cost = require to lose, suffer, or sacrifice
      • cry out for / cry for = need badly or desperately
      • compel = necessitate or exact
  5. contain as a part
    • example: Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic word: include = have as a part, be made up out of
  6. occupy or engage the interest of
    • example: His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic words: absorb / engage / engross / occupy = consume all of one's attention or time
  7. make complex or intricate or complicated
    • example: The situation was rather involved
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic words: complicate / elaborate / rarify / refine = make more complex, intricate, or richer

Alternative definition of the verb involve


  1. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
  2. 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. To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
  5. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge.
  6. To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, 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; as, a quantity involved to the third or fourth power.
  9. Status: involved


Involve is a record label.


  1. The Involve Foundation is a leading UK based charity focused on public participation.
  2. Involve, a Journal of Mathematics is a journal published by the nonprofit organization Mathematical Sciences Publishers, in both print and electronic formats. It is dedicated to showcasing and encouraging high quality mathematical research involving students. To be considered for publication, articles must include a minimum of 1/3 student authorship.
  3. Involve, is an independent UK charity founded in 1988 to provide support to local volunteering, charities and other community initiatives and activities.

Printed encyclopedias and other books with definitions for Involve

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Google previewForests and Forestry in China (1990)

Changing Patterns of Resource Development by Stanley Dennis Richardson

There have already been reports of newly privatized forests being destroyed by neighbors of the new owners; the intensification of interpersonal competition that the new policies involve is the subject of academic studies (Gold, 1985; Zweig, ...

Google previewThe Book of Science; a Familiar Introduction to the Principles of Natural Philosophy, Adapted to the Comprehension of Young People ... Second Edition (1834)

by John M. MOFFATT (of London.)

involve is that of the production of sounds by the vibrations ''columns of air, usually contained in tubes, whose relative lengths and those of the included columns determine the numbers of the synchronous waves or vibrations to which the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Crisis Management (2013)

by K. Bradley Penuel, Matt Statler, Ryan Hagen

Protecting Critical Infrastructure The process of critical infrastructure protection may involve programs, plans, activities, or, better still, all three. Once an asset or group of assets has been identified as of critical importance, the first action should ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Information Science and Technology, Third Edition (2014)

by Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi

Such a task may involve the performance of a number of actions, such as filtering, drilling, and selecting. Activities refer to the cognitive activities that have been discussed throughout this article such as problem solving, sense making, decision ...

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Usage statistics about involve

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb involve:

spoken English28.86%written English71.14% conversational speech13.79%task-oriented speech86.21% imaginative writing16.05%informational writing83.95%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb involve:


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The more severe the pain or illness, the more severe will be the necessary changes. These may involve breaking bad habits, or acquiring some new and better ones. (Peter McWilliams)
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Scrabble value of I1N1V4O1L1V4E1

The value of this 7-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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