involve

To involve means to connect. When you get involved in the Spanish Club, you attend meetings and events. If doing math well is involved in understanding advanced chemistry, that means it's a necessary part of it.

When someone is very involved, it means they are engaged or connected to a lot of activities. When someone is self-involved, all they connect with is him or herself. If getting ice cream involves> walking a mile to the ice cream shop, the exercise offsets the indulgence. When no exercise is involved, it's less healthy.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: involve

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v
contain as a part
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v
engage as a participant
3
v
occupy or engage the interest of
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v
make complex or intricate or complicated
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: involve
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v contain as a part

“Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses”
Type of:
include
have as a part, be made up out of

v have as a necessary feature

“This decision involves many changes”
Synonyms:
imply
Types:
carry
be necessarily associated with or result in or involve
Type of:
feature, have
have as a feature

v require as useful, just, or proper

Synonyms:
ask, call for, demand, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take
claim, exact, take
take as an undesirable consequence of some event or state of affairs
Antonyms:
eliminate, obviate, rid of
do away with
Types:
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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 for, cry out for
need badly or desperately
compel
necessitate or exact
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v engage as a participant

“Don't involve me in your family affairs!”
Types:
drag, drag in, embroil, sweep, sweep up, tangle
force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
entangle, mire
entrap
Type of:
admit, include, let in
allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of

v connect closely and often incriminatingly

Synonyms:
affect, regard
Types:
implicate
bring into intimate and incriminating connection
Type of:
bear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch, touch on
be relevant to
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v occupy or engage the interest of

“His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon”
Type of:
absorb, engage, engross, occupy
consume all of one's attention or time
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v make complex or intricate or complicated

“The situation was rather involved
Type of:
complicate, elaborate, rarify, refine
make more complex, intricate, or richer
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