from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Complicated; intricate: the involved procedure of getting a license. See Synonyms at complex.
  • adj. Curled inward; coiled or involute.
  • adj. Confused; tangled.
  • adj. Connected by participation or association: involved in a conspiracy.
  • adj. Emotionally committed: He joined their organization but never really got involved.
  • adj. Having a sexual relationship: They see a lot of each other but aren't involved.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Complicated.
  • adj. Associated with others (in a crime, process, etc.)
  • adj. Having an affair with someone.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of involve.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Same as involute.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In conchology, same as involute, 1 .
  • 2, In heraldry, same as enveloped.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. emotionally involved
  • adj. entangled or hindered as if e.g. in mire
  • adj. connected by participation or association or use
  • adj. highly complex or intricate and occasionally devious
  • adj. enveloped


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  • complicated, and difficult to comprehend

    The physics lecture became so involved that the undergraduate’s eyes glazed over.

    October 11, 2016

  • "they are not wanting this, they are not willing it - they are just involved, see? They walk IN and they get trapped between the revolving doors of those two v's. Involved."

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