verb (used with object), in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing.

  1. 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.
  2. to request politely or formally: to invite donations.
  3. to act so as to bring on or render probable: to invite accidents by fast driving.
  4. to call forth or give occasion for: Those big shoes invite laughter.
  5. to attract, allure, entice, or tempt.

verb (used without object), in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing.

  1. to give invitation; offer attractions or allurements.


  1. Informal. an invitation.


  1. not having been inviteduninvited guests

verb (ɪnˈvaɪt) (tr)

  1. to ask (a person or persons) in a friendly or polite way (to do something, attend an event, etc)he invited them to dinner
  2. to make a request for, esp publicly or formallyto invite applications
  3. to bring on or provoke; give occasion foryou invite disaster by your actions
  4. to welcome or tempt

noun (ˈɪnvaɪt)

  1. an informal word for invitation

adj.1630s, from un- (1) “not” + past participle of invite (v.). v.1530s, a back-formation from invitation, or else from Middle French inviter (5c.), from Latin invitare. As a noun variant of invitation it is attested from 1650s. Related: Invited; inviting. n.1650s, from invite (v.).

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