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[in-vois] /ˈɪn vɔɪs/
an itemized bill for goods sold or services provided, containing individual prices, the total charge, and the terms.
the merchandise or shipment itself.
verb (used with object), invoiced, invoicing.
to present an invoice to:
The manufacturer invoiced our company for two typewriters.
to present an invoice for:
five chairs invoiced and shipped last month.
verb (used without object), invoiced, invoicing.
to prepare or submit an invoice.
to have a value if or when inventoried:
The merchandise in stock invoiced far more than we expected.
Origin of invoice
1550-60; variant of invoyes, plural of obsolete invoy, variant of envoy1
Related forms
uninvoiced, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for invoice
  • Ninety dollars paid so far, not counting the current invoice.
  • Edmunds offers little more than the manufacturers' sticker and factory invoice prices.
  • Payment will be made upon acceptance of the text with submission of an invoice in the amount specified in the contract.
  • The group threatened invoice recipients with legal action should the sum demanded remain unpaid.
  • No invoice is too large to be worth a world's salvation.
  • In order to invoice an advertiser, managers of the host site need to log the number of times an ad is served.
  • Better still, send every taxpayer an invoice and let them mail in their vote on which programs to cut.
  • These can easily be filed by case and client, so the client gets a more detailed invoice.
  • We are not able to accept personal checks or invoice you for payment.
  • The original owner's manual, protect-o-plate, and sales invoice are still with the car.
British Dictionary definitions for invoice


a document issued by a seller to a buyer listing the goods or services supplied and stating the sum of money due
  1. to present (a customer) with an invoice
  2. to list (merchandise sold) on an invoice
Word Origin
C16: from earlier invoyes, from Old French envois, plural of envoi message; see envoy1
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Word Origin and History for invoice

1550s, apparently from Middle French envois, plural of envoi "dispatch (of goods)," literally "a sending," from envoyer "to send" (see envoy). As a verb, 1690s, from the noun.

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