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 for involve
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Involve \In*volve"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Involved; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Involving.] [L. involvere, involutum, to roll about,
     wrap up; pref. in- in + volvere to roll: cf. OF. involver.
     See Voluble, and cf. Involute.]
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     1. To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
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              Some of serpent kind . . . involved
              Their snaky folds.                    --Milton.
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     2. To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to
        involve in darkness or obscurity.
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              And leave a sing[`e]d bottom all involved
              With stench and smoke.                --Milton.
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     3. To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical
        structure. "Involved discourses." --Locke.
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     4. To connect with something as a natural or logical
        consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
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              He knows
              His end with mine involved.           --Milton.
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              The contrary necessarily involves a contradiction.
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     5. To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend
        or merge. [R.]
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              The gathering number, as it moves along,
              Involves a vast involuntary throng.   --Pope.
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              Earth with hell
              To mingle and involve.                --Milton.
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     6. To envelop, infold, entangle, or embarrass; as, to involve
        a person in debt or misery.
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     7. To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb.
        "Involved in a deep study." --Sir W. Scott.
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     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
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      v 1: connect closely and often incriminatingly; "This new ruling
           affects your business" [syn: involve, affect, regard]
      2: engage as a participant; "Don't involve me in your family
      3: have as a necessary feature; "This decision involves many
         changes" [syn: imply, involve]
      4: require as useful, just, or proper; "It 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" [syn: necessitate, ask, postulate,
         need, require, take, involve, call for, demand]
         [ant: eliminate, obviate, rid of]
      5: contain as a part; "Dinner at Joe's always involves at least
         six courses"
      6: occupy or engage the interest of; "His story completely
         involved me during the entire afternoon"
      7: make complex or intricate or complicated; "The situation was
         rather involved"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  256 Moby Thesaurus words for "involve":
     absorb, absorb the attention, adorn, affect, affect the interest,
     allegorize, allude to, answer to, appertain to, apply to, approve,
     argue, arrest, assail, associate with, assume, attack, attest,
     attract, ball up, be indicative of, be significant of,
     be symptomatic of, bear on, bear upon, belong to, bespeak, betoken,
     breathe, bring, bring to mind, burden, call for, catch, catch up,
     catch up in, censure, characterize, charm, close, compass,
     compass about, complicate, comprehend, comprise, concern, confound,
     confuse, connect, connect with, connote, contain, convolute,
     correspond to, count in, cover, cramp, criminate, cripple,
     cry out against, cry out on, cry shame upon, cumber, deal with,
     decorate, demonstrate, denominate, denote, differentiate, disclose,
     display, draw in, elaborate, embarrass, embay, embellish, embody,
     embosom, embrace, embrangle, embroider, embroil, enchant, enclasp,
     enclose, encompass, encumber, enfold, engage, engage the attention,
     engage the mind, engage the thoughts, engross, engross the mind,
     engross the thoughts, enmesh, enrich, ensnarl, entail, entangle,
     enthrall, entoil, entrammel, entrap, entwine, envelop, environ,
     enwrap, evidence, evince, excite, excite interest, exercise,
     exhibit, express, fascinate, festoon, fetter, flourish, foul up,
     furnish evidence, gild, give evidence, give indication of,
     give token, go around, go round, go to show, grab, grip, hamper,
     hamstring, handicap, have, have connection with, highlight, hint,
     hobble, hold, hold spellbound, hold the interest, hypnotize,
     identify, illustrate, immerse, impede, implicate, imply, import,
     impugn, include, incorporate, incriminate, inculpate, indicate,
     infer, insinuate, interest, intimate, invest, invite, involve in,
     involve the interest, knot, lame, lap, lead to, liaise with, lime,
     link with, load with ornament, louse up, lumber, manifest, mark,
     mean, mean to say, mesmerize, mess up, mire, mix up, monopolize,
     muck up, muddle, necessitate, net, note, number among, obsess,
     occupy, occupy the attention, ornament, overcharge, overlay,
     overload, perplex, pertain to, pique, point indirectly to,
     point to, preoccupy, press down, presume, presuppose, provoke,
     ramify, ravel, refer to, regard, relate to, require, respect,
     reveal, saddle with, screw up, set forth, shackle, show,
     show signs of, signalize, signify, snarl, snarl up,
     speak for itself, speak volumes, spellbind, stand for, stimulate,
     subsume, suck into, suggest, suppose, surround, symptomatize,
     symptomize, take, take for granted, take in, take up, tangle,
     tantalize, tell, tend to show, testify, tickle, tie in with,
     titillate, toil, touch, touch upon, trammel, treat of, trick out,
     varnish, weigh down, wrap

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