[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 invitees
The move apparently was to make sure none of the invitees was up to any mischief.Up to Speed: All You Need to Know About the Thai Coup
May 27, 2014
Some invitees gain career cred; others earn public ridicule.Cannes' Eight Buzziest Films
May 19, 2009
I knew a lot of them -- some were my invitees -- and the others were friends of my pals or my pals' pals.Little Brother
- 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
Word Origin and History for invitees
1650s, from invite (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper