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verb [transitive] involve pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈvɒlv/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinvolving
past tenseinvolved
past participleinvolved
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  1. 1
    to include something as a necessary part of an activity, event, or situation
    The course involves a great deal of hard work.
    Most research and development projects involve some element of risk.
    involve doing something: The job involved working with a software development team.
  2. 2
    to include or affect someone or something in an important way
    Forty-six vehicles were involved in the accident.
    There are reports of a violent incident involving local inhabitants and US troops.
  3. 3
    to encourage or allow someone to take part in something
    It’s crazy to make these changes without involving the students.
    involve someone in something: The goal is to involve workers in the decision-making process.
    1. a.
      to choose to take part in something
      involve yourself in something: It’s best not to involve yourself in other people’s private affairs.
  4. 4
    to put someone into a situation in which they must do something
    involve someone in something: This won’t involve you in any extra work.
    involve someone in doing something: Taking part in the campaign might involve you in getting arrested.


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