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English verb: involve

1. involve (stative) connect closely and often incriminatingly

SamplesThis new ruling affects your business.

Synonymsaffect, regard

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bear on, come to, concern, have-to doe with, pertain, refer, relate, touch, touch on

Narrower (hyponym)implicate

2. involve (stative) engage as a participant

SamplesDon't involve me in your family affairs!.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP

Broader (hypernym)admit, include, let in

Narrower (hyponym)drag, drag in, embroil, entangle, mire, sweep, sweep up, tangle

3. involve (stative) have as a necessary feature

SamplesThis decision involves many changes.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)feature, have

Narrower (hyponym)carry

4. involve (stative) require as useful, just, or proper

SamplesIt takes nerve to do what she did.
Success usually requires hard work.
This job asks a lot of patience and skill.
This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice.
This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert.
This intervention does not postulate a patient's consent.

Synonymsask, call for, demand, necessitate, need, postulate, require, take

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Narrower (hyponym)claim, compel, cost, cry for, cry out for, draw, exact, govern, take

Verb groupclaim, exact, take

Antonymsobviate, rid of, eliminate

5. involve (stative) contain as a part

SamplesDinner at Joe's always involves at least six courses.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)include

6. involve (cognition) occupy or engage the interest of

SamplesHis story completely involved me during the entire afternoon.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)absorb, engage, engross, occupy

7. involve (change) make complex or intricate or complicated

SamplesThe situation was rather involved.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)complicate, elaborate, rarify, refine

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