Engages vs Involves - What's the difference?

engages | involves |

As verbs the difference between engages and involves

is that engages is third-person singular of engage while involves is third-person singular of involve.




  • (engage)
  • This pedal engages the clutch, until you do that you can't shift.




  • (involve)
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    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.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
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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


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