- 1A written or verbal request inviting someone to go somewhere or to do something: a wedding invitationMore example sentences
- Places for the event are limited, and invitations must be requested in advance.
- He gets invitations to write articles for his local paper on the horrors of war.
- Remaining patients were sent written invitations to participate in the study.
- 1.1 [mass noun] The action of inviting someone to go somewhere or to do something: a club with membership by invitation only a herb garden where guests can only go at the invitation of the chefMore example sentences
- The club has an eclectic international membership and is by invitation only.
- Membership was by invitation only and restricted to the most promising young men.
- Membership to the exclusive European-style restaurant is strictly by invitation only.
- 1.2 [in singular] A situation or action that tempts someone to do something or makes a particular outcome likely: tactics like those of the colonel would have been an invitation to disasterMore example sentences
- Building a house just 100 metres away from the sea is a sure invitation to disaster waiting to happen!
- Teen drivers need to understand that irresponsible driving on the street is simply an invitation to disaster.
- It was an open invitation to be pulled over over by any cop who saw him, which was exactly how he was busted.
late Middle English: from French, or from Latin invitatio(n-), from invitare (see invite).