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[verb in-vahyt; noun in-vahyt] /verb ɪnˈvaɪt; noun 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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  • Then you believe that she got Dalky to invite her on this cruise?

    Polly's Southern Cruise Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • If after I am free a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it, I should not mind a bit.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • Share your story and invite other nurses to share theirs with you.

    Nursing as Caring Anne Boykin
  • But a minute ago you had the goodness to invite me to smoke.

    Green Mansions W. H. Hudson
  • I would, on the contrary, ask Mr. Legare to invite him to follow me.

    The Haunted Homestead E. D. E. N. Southworth
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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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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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