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[v. in-vahyt; n. in-vahyt] /v. ɪnˈvaɪt; n. ˈɪn vaɪt/
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.
Origin of invite
1525-35; < Latin invītāre
Related forms
[in-vi-tee, -vahy-] /ˌɪn vɪˈti, -vaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
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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Examples from the web for invite
  • We invite you to answer a few yourself or suggest new ones that your children have asked.
  • 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.
  • If you did take a moment out of your day for the mangroves, they invite you to share your celebration with other readers.
  • Before trick-or-treaters head into the night, invite parents and kids over for a casual buffet that's perfect for the season.
  • We invite applicants with training in a range of disciplines and with interests in science or mathematics learning and education.
  • But to do so would invite further speculative flows into the yuan.
  • These protein-packed waters invite large concentrations of manta rays to an all-you-can-eat buffet.
British Dictionary definitions for invite


verb (transitive) (ɪnˈvaɪt)
to ask (a person or persons) in a friendly or polite way (to do something, attend an event, etc): he invited them to dinner
to make a request for, esp publicly or formally: to invite applications
to bring on or provoke; give occasion for: you invite disaster by your actions
to welcome or tempt
noun (ˈɪnvaɪt)
an informal word for invitation
Derived Forms
inviter, noun
Word Origin
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 and History for invite

1530s, a back-formation from invitation, or else from Middle French inviter (5c.), from Latin invitare. As a noun variant of invitation it is attested from 1650s. Related: Invited; inviting.


1650s, from invite (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for invite



An invitation: You can't go in there without an invite (1615+)

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