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invitation

[in-vi-tey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. the act of inviting.
  2. the written or spoken form with which a person is invited.
  3. something offered as a suggestion: an invitation to consider a business merger.
  4. attraction or incentive; allurement.
  5. a provocation: The speech was an invitation to rebellion.
adjective
  1. invitational.

Origin of invitation

1590–1600; < Latin invītātiōn- (stem of invītātiō), equivalent to invītāt(us) (past participle of invītāre to invite) + -iōn- -ion
Related formspre·in·vi·ta·tion, nounre·in·vi·ta·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for pre-invitation

invitation

noun
    1. the act of inviting, such as an offer of entertainment or hospitality
    2. (as modifier)an invitation dance; an invitation race
  1. the act of enticing or attracting; allurement
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Word Origin and History for pre-invitation

invitation

n.

mid-15c., from Latin invitationem (nominative invitatio) "an invitation, incitement, challenge," noun of action from past participle stem of invitare "invite, treat, entertain," originally "be pleasant toward," from in- "toward" (see in- (2)). Second element is obscure; Watkins suggests a suffixed form of root *weie- "to go after something, pursue with vigor," and a connection to English gain (see venison). Meaning "the spoken or written form in which a person is invited" is from 1610s.

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