[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 invited
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Edgar was invited to study at the Berkeley School of Music in Boston and at NYU in New York City.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
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This explosion of the doctor's meant that he invited and awaited some contradiction.The Spenders
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He invited them to enter, and shook Katherine by the hand, as if he had not met her for a long time.Viviette
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Mr. Gladstone was invited to the vacant place, but declined.The Grand Old Man
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Next he went all the way, was asked to go in, and invited to stay to lunch.Weighed and Wanting
He next whispered to him, and (as Dicky says) invited him to join them.
- 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 invited
1650s, from invite (v.).
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