[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. See call.
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Related Wordsurge, draw, lead, propose, welcome, request, woo, tempt, summon, encourage, persuade, call, insist, suggest, press, attract, lure, court, solicit, pray
Examples from the Web for invite
Tend to your own garden, to quote the great sage of free speech, Voltaire, and invite people to follow your example.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
Giving in to the demands of such a leader will, without question, invite greater aggression and brutality.
Giving in, even the slightest amount to international gangsters, will only invite higher prices and worse consequences.
I invite you to reflect on the actual power dynamic between Christians and LGBT people in our society.
I invite you to visit the Gay Christian Network and the Reformation Project, two organizations doing just that.
"She might have been polite enough to invite me in," said Halbert, with chagrin.Brave and Bold
The Republic summons them to their duty, and I invite co-operation.
If you really mean to be friends with me of course I must invite you to my home.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
If after I am free a friend of mine gave a feast, and did not invite me to it, I should not mind a bit.De Profundis
I invite the reader to remark this road, for it is historic.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- 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 invite
1650s, from invite (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper