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.

1590–1600; < Latin invītātiōn- (stem of invītātiō), equivalent to invītāt(us) (past participle of invītāre to invite) + -iōn- -ion

preinvitation, noun
reinvitation, noun Unabridged
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invitation (ˌɪnvɪˈteɪʃən)
1.  a.  the act of inviting, such as an offer of entertainment or hospitality
 b.  (as modifier): an invitation dance; an invitation race
2.  the act of enticing or attracting; allurement

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from L. invitationem (nom. invitatio) "invitation," from invitatus, pp. of invitare "invite, treat, entertain," originally "be pleasant toward," from in- "toward," second element obscure, one suggestion is a lost word *vitus "pleasant." Meaning "the spoken or written form in which a person
is invited" is from 1610s.
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Example sentences
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.
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