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invite

[v. in-vahyt; n. in-vahyt]
verb (used with object), invited, inviting.
1.
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.
2.
to request politely or formally: to invite donations.
3.
to act so as to bring on or render probable: to invite accidents by fast driving.
4.
to call forth or give occasion for: Those big shoes invite laughter.
5.
to attract, allure, entice, or tempt.
verb (used without object), invited, inviting.
6.
to give invitation; offer attractions or allurements.
noun
7.
Informal. an invitation.

Origin:
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.
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invite
 
vb
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
 
n
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]
 
in'viter
 
n

inviting (ɪnˈvaɪtɪŋ)
 
adj
tempting; alluring; attractive
 
in'vitingly
 
adv
 
in'vitingness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

invite
1530s, a back formation from invitation; as a noun variant of invitation it is attested from 1650s.
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Example sentences
Guarding that fuel requires a lot of manpower and long convoys that make
  inviting targets for insurgents.
Inviting review and criticism as others have expressed here allows for the
  evolution of knowledge.
Make patio chairs more inviting with seat cushions and pillows covered in
  outdoor fabrics to match the flowers.
With all of the vibrant colors and textures of fall, a warm and inviting entry
  couldn't be easier to create.
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