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[in-vi-tey-shuh n] /ˌɪn vɪˈteɪ ʃən/
the act of inviting.
the written or spoken form with which a person is invited.
something offered as a suggestion:
an invitation to consider a business merger.
attraction or incentive; allurement.
a provocation:
The speech was an invitation to rebellion.
Origin of invitation
1590-1600; < Latin invītātiōn- (stem of invītātiō), equivalent to invītāt(us) (past participle of invītāre to invite) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
preinvitation, noun
reinvitation, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for invitation
  • But lest you think that's an invitation to pile on the pounds-it's not.
  • The descending staircase is an invitation to walk in nature.
  • The flashy, free service is still top dog in the online invitation business.
  • Most college presidents should already have received an invitation to participate in the survey.
  • Every dinner invitation that comes my way is met with consternation over the possibility that shellfish will be involved.
  • They're an invitation to corn and coal and hydrogen.
  • Too many people see a reply as an invitation to go on at length about the injustices of the system.
  • It's quite an invitation to sleep, especially after our long days-including four hours underwater.
  • Whether you accept the invitation will then be up to you.
  • No letter or e-mail invitation would ever be as effective.
British Dictionary definitions for invitation


  1. the act of inviting, such as an offer of entertainment or hospitality
  2. (as modifier): an invitation dance, an invitation race
the act of enticing or attracting; allurement
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Word Origin and History for invitation

mid-15c., from Latin invitationem (nominative invitatio) "an invitation, incitement, challenge," noun of action from past participle stem of invitare "invite, treat, entertain," originally "be pleasant toward," from in- "toward" (see in- (2)). Second element is obscure; Watkins suggests a suffixed form of root *weie- "to go after something, pursue with vigor," and a connection to English gain (see venison). Meaning "the spoken or written form in which a person is invited" is from 1610s.

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do you want an engraved invitation

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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