[verb in-vahyt; noun in-vahyt]
verb (used with object), in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing.
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
Synonyms for invite
1. See call.
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verb (ɪnˈvaɪt) (tr)
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
Word Origin for invite
C16: from Latin invītāre to invite, entertain, from in- ² + -vītāre, probably related to Greek hiesthai to be desirous of
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1650s, from invite (v.).
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