[ ahr-es-vee-pee ]
/ ˈɑrˈɛsˈviˈpi /
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verb (used without object), RSVPed or RSVP'd, RSVPing or RSVP'ing.
to reply to an invitation: Don't forget to RSVP before Thursday.
noun, plural RSVP's.
a reply to an invitation: He sent a lovely bouquet of flowers with his RSVP.
(used on an invitation to indicate that the favor of a reply is requested).
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Origin of RSVP
First recorded in 1895–1900; from French r(épondez) s('il) v(ous) p(laît) “please reply”; cf. respond, rendezvous, please
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How to use RSVP in a sentence
Soon after that, the number of people RSVPing to the event grew exponentially.How I Started a Boobquake|Jennifer McCreight|April 27, 2010|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for RSVP
répondez s'il vous plaît
Word Origin for RSVP
French: please reply
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Cultural definitions for RSVP
Please reply or answer. From the French, “répondez s'il vous plaît,” meaning “respond if you please.”
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