What is the difference between involve and envolve?

What is the difference between involve and envolve?
Envolve is an alternative form of involve. As verbs the difference between involve and envolve is that involve is to roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine while envolve is (involve).



Alternative forms

* envolve



  • To roll or fold up; to wind round; to entwine.
  • * (John Milton)
  • Some of serpent kind involved / Their snaky folds.
  • To envelop completely; to surround; to cover; to hide; to involve in darkness or obscurity.
  • * (John Milton)
  • And leave a singèd bottom all involved / With stench and smoke.
  • To complicate or make intricate, as in grammatical structure.
  • * (John Locke)
  • Involved discourses.
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  • , chapter=17 citation
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  • To connect with something as a natural or logical consequence or effect; to include necessarily; to imply.
  • * (John Milton)
  • He knows / His end with mine involved .
  • * Tillotson
  • The contrary necessarily involves a contradiction.
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Sarah Glaz
  • , title= Ode to Prime Numbers
    , volume=101, issue=4, magazine=(American Scientist)
    , passage=Some poems, echoing the purpose of early poetic treatises on scientific principles, attempt to elucidate the mathematical concepts that underlie prime numbers. Others play with primes’ cultural associations. Still others derive their structure from mathematical patterns involving primes.}}

  • To take in; to gather in; to mingle confusedly; to blend or merge.
  • * (Alexander Pope)
  • The gathering number, as it moves along, / Involves a vast involuntary throng.
  • * (John Milton)
  • Earth with hell / To mingle and involve .
  • To envelop, enfold, entangle, or embarrass.
  • To engage thoroughly; to occupy, employ, or absorb.
  • * Sir (Walter Scott)
  • Involved in a deep study.
  • (mathematics) To raise to any assigned power; to multiply, as a quantity, into itself a given number of times.
  • Synonyms

    * to imply
    * include
    * implicate
    * complicate
    * entangle
    * embarrass
    * overwhelm

    See also

    * involver
    * voluble
    * involute







  • (involve)
  • * 1828 , Shenstone, ed. William Fordyce Mavor, “To a Lady on the Language of the Birds”, Classical English Poetry, for the use of schools, and young persons in general. A new edition, revised and improved , page 355
  • Envolve the mazes, and the mist dispel: