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Definition involves; or requires

At one time, entail also had a specialized meaning in law related to limiting the inheritance of property.
  • The job entails long hours and frequent travel.
  • Sitting on the Board entails numerous duties.
  • Negotiating with the newly elected government entails easing the ban on talking with terrorists.
  • Any change in the embryo or larva will almost certainly entail changes in the mature animal.
    Darwin, Charles  --  The Origin of Species
  • I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term — meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching — there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.
    Ansel Adams
  • And you are not to suppose that it will entail any interruption or intrusion on you, for that is far from my intention.
    Dickens, Charles  --  The Mystery of Edwin Drood
  • You don't pay back your parents. You can't. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It's a sort of entailment. Or if you don't have children of the body, it's left as a debt to your common humanity. Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one.
    Lois McMaster Bujold
  • He has ambitions—I don't know what they are, but they seem to entail his holding some sort of a place in society.
    Oppenheim, E. Phillips  --  The Malefactor
  • Accepting the Lord's grace entails trying to lead a better life.
  • Truly, to tell lies is not honorable;
    but when the truth entails tremendous ruin,
    To speak dishonorably is pardonable.
  • To entail him and his heirs unto the crown,
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry VI, Part 3
  • It matters nothing what your father signed, you are the heir of entail.
    Stevenson, Robert Louis  --  Kidnapped
  • He was eager that I should break the entail, and he was of opinion that it lay in my power to do so.
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Return of Sherlock Holmes
  • Dave doubled as my stunt coordinator, which entailed keeping the street clear of all traffic under the age of 10 and having a set of Band-Aids at the ready whenever my gag was completed.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • entailed = required (or involved)
  • After asking us to face each other, he spoke then of love and renewal and the effort it entailed.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Wedding
  • But I can cut off the entail, you know.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • This, she knew, would entail getting dressed, and making phone calls, and examining maps.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • Maddy had decided that the brain lesions couldn't be kept a secret anymore; every ugly had the right to know what the operation really entailed.
    Scott Westerfeld  --  Uglies
  • I could not imagine what this entailed—his tools, maybe, from when he was a carpenter?
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • But it would have entailed sorting through garbage .... or breaking into their house when they weren't home.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian

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