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.
- 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
It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips.Aging Cuban Exiles And Their Lawmakers Bypassed by White House | Romina Ruiz-Goiriena | December 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Instead Kitsch is the kind of man who invites an audience of women.Alright ‘True Detective,’ You Got Me: Taylor Kitsch Is a Woman’s Man | Teo Bugbee | November 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
(She addresses me in various terms of endearment, as one would an old friend, and invites me to swim in her pool after lunch).
Some activists have shut down Facebook forums and stopped other online activity, saying that to be active now invites attack.
People for whom a game that openly invites such jokes is a liberating catharsis.The Case Against Cards Against Humanity: Is Max Temkin a Horrible Person? (Does It Matter?) | Arthur Chu | July 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He invites various players to make the cards; this is done in rather a perfunctory manner.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
God invites all to keep his commandments: the Gentiles that keep them shall be the people of God: the Jewish pastors are reproved.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
God invites the rebel Jews to return to him, with a promise to receive them: he foretells the conversion of the Gentiles.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
If the gentleman who invites you is a stranger to the family, introduce him to your hostess, or mention her name in conversation.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness | Florence Hartley
That family, by displaying God's covenant, invites to its communion many who would have perished.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
British Dictionary definitions for invite
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 formally: to invite applications
to bring on or provoke; give occasion for: you invite disaster by your actions
to welcome or tempt
an informal word for invitation
- inviter, noun
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