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Dictionary Definition

involved adj
1 connected by participation or association or use; "we accomplished nothing, simply because of the large number of people involved"; "the problems involved"; "the involved muscles"; "I don't want to get involved"; "everyone involved in the bribery case has been identified" [ant: uninvolved]
2 entangled or hindered as if e.g. in mire; "the difficulties in which the question is involved"; "brilliant leadership mired in details and confusion" [syn: mired]
3 emotionally involved [syn: involved with(p)]
4 highly involved or intricate; "the Byzantine tax structure"; "convoluted legal language"; "convoluted reasoning"; "intricate needlework"; "an intricate labyrinth of refined phraseology"; "the plot was too involved"; "a knotty problem"; "got his way by labyrinthine maneuvering"; "Oh, what a tangled web we weave"- Sir Walter Scott; "tortuous legal procedures"; "tortuous negotiations lasting for months" [syn: Byzantine, convoluted, intricate, knotty, labyrinthine, tangled, tortuous]
5 enveloped; "a castle involved in mist"; "the difficulties in which the question is involved"

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Complicated.
    He related an involved story about every ancestor since 1895.
  2. Associated with others (in a crime etc.)
    He was involved in the club for three years.
  3. Having an affair with someone.


  1. past of involve
    The explanation involved potatoes, squirrels, and race cars.

Extensive Definition

The Involved are a subset of galactic societies that exist in the Culture novels of Iain M. Banks.


An Involved society is a highly advanced culture or society (one that has achieved interstellar or galaxy-wide interests) which remains actively engaged with other cultures in the galaxy. The Involved are contrasted with the Sublimed - societies whose technological or biological advancement has made them either incapable of interacting with, or totally uninterested in, the material universe.
It should be noted that the Involved are also contrasted with hegemonising swarms (a term used in several Banks' Culture novels), which are (usually) newly-arrived members of the galactic community whose primary goal is conquest, a goal which both the Culture and the author (in his Notes On the Culture) find both quixotic and amusing.

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