[v. in-vahyt; n. in-vahyt]
verb (used with object), invited, inviting.
to request the presence or participation of in a kindly, courteous, or complimentary way, especially to request to come or go to some place, gathering, entertainment, etc., or to do something: to invite friends to dinner.
to request politely or formally: to invite donations.
to act so as to bring on or render probable: to invite accidents by fast driving.
to call forth or give occasion for: Those big shoes invite laughter.
to attract, allure, entice, or tempt.
verb (used without object), invited, inviting.
to give invitation; offer attractions or allurements.
Informal. an invitation.

1525–35; < Latin invītāre

invitee [in-vi-tee, -vahy-] , noun
inviter, invitor, noun
preinvite, verb (used with object), preinvited, preinviting.
quasi-invited, adjective
reinvite, verb, reinvited, reinviting.
self-invited, adjective
uninvited, adjective

1. bid. See call. 2. solicit. 5. lure, draw. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
1.  to ask (a person or persons) in a friendly or polite way (to do something, attend an event, etc): he invited them to dinner
2.  to make a request for, esp publicly or formally: to invite applications
3.  to bring on or provoke; give occasion for: you invite disaster by your actions
4.  to welcome or tempt
5.  an informal word for invitation
[C16: from Latin invītāre to invite, entertain, from in-² + -vītāre, probably related to Greek hiesthai to be desirous of]

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Word Origin & History

1530s, a back formation from invitation; as a noun variant of invitation it is attested from 1650s.
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Example sentences
Many departments invite guest speakers to give a talk and spend a day or two
  visiting as part of a seminar series.
No other pair of countries invite such frequent comparison yet share so little
  in common.
Such scenes invite skiers, skaters, and other winter sports enthusiasts to
  explore the park in a less-crowded season.
Such changes invite animals to consume the fruit and disperse the mature
  undigested seeds via their defecation.
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