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.

Definitions of involve
  1. verb
    contain as a part
    “Dinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses”
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    include
    have as a part, be made up out of
  2. verb
    have as a necessary feature
    “This decision involves many changes”
    synonyms: imply
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    carry
    be necessarily associated with or result in or involve
    type of:
    feature, have
    have as a feature
  3. verb
    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
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    eliminate, obviate, rid of
    do away with
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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
  4. verb
    engage as a participant
    “Don't involve me in your family affairs!”
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    drag, drag in, embroil, sweep, sweep up, tangle
    force into some kind of situation, condition, or course of action
    entangle, mire
    entrap
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    admit, include, let in
    allow participation in or the right to be part of; permit to exercise the rights, functions, and responsibilities of
  5. verb
    connect closely and often incriminatingly
    synonyms: affect, regard
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    implicate
    bring into intimate and incriminating connection
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    bear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch, touch on
    be relevant to
  6. verb
    occupy or engage the interest of
    “His story completely involved me during the entire afternoon”
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    absorb, engage, engross, occupy
    consume all of one's attention or time
  7. verb
    make complex or intricate or complicated
    “The situation was rather involved
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    complicate, elaborate, rarify, refine
    make more complex, intricate, or richer
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