[verb in-vahyt; noun in-vahyt]
- 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.
- to give invitation; offer attractions or allurements.
- Informal. an invitation.
Origin of invite
First recorded in 1525–35, invite is from the Latin word invītāre
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1. bid. 2. solicit. 5. lure, draw.
1. See call.
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Examples from the Web for invites
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(She addresses me in various terms of endearment, as one would an old friend, and invites me to swim in her pool after lunch).Gail Sheehy Books Passage to the Past
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Some activists have shut down Facebook forums and stopped other online activity, saying that to be active now invites attack.Libya: Requiem for a Revolution
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Solitude activates the imagination, and invites introspection.Pulling the Plug on English Departments
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Messenio announces an auction and invites the spectators to attend.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
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In this tract he invites every man to utter his views on the subject.Slavery Ordained of God
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The whole poem is bathed in beauty, and invites perusal after perusal.
Thus he invites us to follow him towards the lofty blue peaks.Mountain Meditations
She lays the tray before her son and invites me to partake of the repast.The Book of Khalid
- 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 formallyto invite applications
- to bring on or provoke; give occasion foryou invite disaster by your actions
- to welcome or tempt
- 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
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Word Origin and History for invites
1650s, from invite (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper