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inviting

[in-vahy-ting] /ɪnˈvaɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
attractive, alluring, or tempting:
an inviting offer.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; invite + -ing2
Related forms
invitingly, adverb
invitingness, noun

invite

[v. in-vahyt; n. in-vahyt] /v. ɪnˈvaɪt; n. ˈɪn vaɪt/
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
Related forms
invitee
[in-vi-tee, -vahy-] /ˌɪn vɪˈti, -vaɪ-/ (Show IPA),
noun
inviter, invitor, noun
preinvite, verb (used with object), preinvited, preinviting.
quasi-invited, adjective
reinvite, verb, reinvited, reinviting.
self-invited, adjective
uninvited, adjective
Synonyms
1. bid. See call. 2. solicit. 5. lure, draw.
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British Dictionary definitions for inviting

inviting

/ɪnˈvaɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
tempting; alluring; attractive
Derived Forms
invitingly, adverb
invitingness, noun

invite

verb (transitive) (ɪnˈvaɪt)
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
noun (ˈɪnvaɪt)
5.
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 inviting
adj.

"attractive, alluring," c.1600, from present participle of invite (v.).

invite

v.

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.

n.

1650s, from invite (v.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for inviting

invite

noun

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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