In·volve v. t. [imp. & p. p. Involved p. pr. & vb. n. Involving.]
1. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
Some of serpent kind . . . involved
Their snaky folds. --Milton.
2. To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity.
And leave a singèd bottom all involved
With stench and smoke. --Milton.
3. To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure. “Involved discourses.”
4. To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
His end with mine involved. --Milton.
The contrary necessarily involves a contradiction. --Tillotson.
5. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge. [R.]
The gathering number, as it moves along,
Involves a vast involuntary throng. --Pope.
Earth with hell
To mingle and involve. --Milton.
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. “Involved in a deep study.”
8. Math. 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.
Syn: -- To imply; include; implicate; complicate; entangle; embarrass; overwhelm.
Usage: -- To Involve, Imply. Imply is opposed to express, or set forth; thus, an implied engagement is one fairly to be understood from the words used or the circumstances of the case, though not set forth in form. Involve goes beyond the mere interpretation of things into their necessary relations; and hence, if one thing involves another, it so contains it that the two must go together by an indissoluble connection. War, for example, involves wide spread misery and death; the premises of a syllogism involve the conclusion.
In·volved a. Zool. Same as Involute.
adj 1: connected by participation or association or use; "we
accomplished nothing, simply because of the large
number of people involved"; "the problems involved";
"the involved muscles"; "I don't want to get
involved"; "everyone involved in the bribery case has
been identified" [ant: uninvolved]
2: entangled or hindered as if e.g. in mire; "the difficulties
in which the question is involved"; "brilliant leadership
mired in details and confusion" [syn: mired]
3: emotionally involved [syn: involved with(p)]
4: highly involved or intricate; "the Byzantine tax structure";
"convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning";
"intricate needlework"; "an intricate labyrinth of refined
phraseology"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty
problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh,
what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous
legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for
months" [syn: Byzantine, convoluted, intricate, knotty,
labyrinthine, tangled, tortuous]
5: enveloped; "a castle involved in mist"; "the difficulties in
which the question is involved"