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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 invited
  • We invited chocolate amateurs and professionals to rate two dozen plain bittersweet and semisweet chocolates in a blind tasting.
  • If you are invited to someone's home, you can expect to eat and drink way too much.
  • Visitors to the site are invited to comment on articles and discussions and to share their own stories.
  • He who has once invited the devil into his house will never be rid of him.
  • Then he invited them again for the next day, and again for the next, until he had invited them seven times.
  • After saying these words, he invited the strangers to come into his house.
  • When an invited speaker exceeds his time it is extremely discourteous to call for the orders of the day.
  • Our two misses were invited among the rest, for they cut a great figure in that part of the country.
  • Having once invited a brother to go out with him to preach, he returned to his convent without making any sermon to the people.
  • Other than the ed note, which is missable, the program page makes it look as if they never invited him.
British Dictionary definitions for invited


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 invited



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 invited



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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