[ verb in-vahyt; noun in-vahyt ]
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verb (used with object),in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing.
  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.

  1. to act so as to bring on or render probable: to invite accidents by fast driving.

  2. to call forth or give occasion for: Those big shoes invite laughter.

  3. to attract, allure, entice, or tempt.

verb (used without object),in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing.
  1. to give invitation; offer attractions or allurements.

  1. Informal. an invitation.

Origin of invite

First recorded in 1525–35, invite is from the Latin word invītāre

synonym study For invite

1. See call.

Other words for invite

Other words from invite

  • in·vi·tee [in-vi-tee, -vahy-], /ˌɪn vɪˈti, -vaɪ-/, noun
  • in·vit·er, in·vi·tor, noun
  • pre·in·vite, verb (used with object), pre·in·vit·ed, pre·in·vit·ing.
  • qua·si-in·vit·ed, adjective
  • re·in·vite, verb, re·in·vit·ed, re·in·vit·ing.
  • self-in·vit·ed, adjective
  • un·in·vit·ed, adjective

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How to use invite in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for invite


verb(ɪnˈvaɪt) (tr)
  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

  1. to bring on or provoke; give occasion for: you invite disaster by your actions

  2. to welcome or tempt

  1. an informal word for invitation

Origin of invite

C16: from Latin invītāre to invite, entertain, from in- ² + -vītāre, probably related to Greek hiesthai to be desirous of

Derived forms of invite

  • inviter, noun

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