To contain as a part; include. To have as a necessary feature or consequence; entail: was told that the job would involve travel. See Synonyms at include. To engage as a participant; embroil: involved the bystanders in his dispute with the police. To connect closely and often incriminatingly; implicate: evidence that involved the governor in the scandal. To influence or affect: The matter is serious because it involves your reputation. To occupy or engage the interest of: a story that completely involved me for the rest of the evening. To make complex or intricate; complicate. To wrap; envelop: a castle that was involved in mist. Archaic To wind or coil about.