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involveverb [T not continuous]

uk   /ɪnˈvɒlv/  us   /-ˈvɑːlv/
B1 If an ​activity, ​situation, etc. involves something, that thing is a ​part of the ​activity, etc.: Research involving the use of ​biologicalwarfareagents will be used for ​defensivepurposes. [+ -ing verb] The ​operation involves ​putting a ​smalltube into ​yourheart.B1 If a ​situation involves someone or something, he, she, or it is ​affected by it: The second ​accident involved two ​cars and a ​lorry.B1 to ​include someone in something, or to make them take ​part in or ​feelpart of it: I ​preferteachingmethods that ​actively involve ​students inlearning. She's been involved withanimalrights for many ​years. It would be ​difficult not to involve the child's ​father in the ​arrangements.

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(Definition of involve from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"involve" in American English

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involveverb [T]

 us   /ɪnˈvɑlv, -ˈvɔlv/
  • involve verb [T] (INCLUDE)

to ​include someone or something in an ​activity: The ​accident involved two ​cars and a ​truck. The ​operation involves ​inserting a ​smalltube into the ​heart.
  • involve verb [T] (MAKE INTERESTED)

to make someone ​interested in taking ​part in something: A good ​teachertries to involve ​children in ​activities where they ​interact with each other.
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