Definition of invite in English:

invite

Line breaks: in¦vite
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈvʌɪt
 
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verb

[with object]
1Make a polite, formal, or friendly request to (someone) to go somewhere or to do something: we were invited to a dinner at the Embassy [with object and infinitive]: she invited Patrick to sit down
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  • After a few minutes of interrogation and searches, his tone changed, and we were invited to sit down.
  • She was invited to sit on the mat spread on the earthen floor, in front of the bench.
  • At the beginning of the week I was invited to do something with my friend in Barrie.
Synonyms
ask, bid, summon; request someone's company at, request someone's presence at, request someone's appearance at, request the pleasure of someone's company, have someone over/round
1.1Make a formal or polite request for (something) from someone: applications are invited for the post of Director
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  • Gaveling the hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee to order, the chairman invites the attorney general to make his opening remarks.
  • Next week they'll have an interview with Pantano, and they're inviting readers to submit questions.
  • For the first time, virtually every candidate has their own Internet website and is inviting voters to email questions.
Synonyms
ask for, request, call for, look for, appeal for, solicit, seek, petition, summon
1.2(Of an action or situation) tend to elicit (a particular reaction or response) or to tempt (someone) to do something: his use of the word did little but invite criticism
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  • The case invites the Court to revisit the breadth of constitutionally protected privacy and the status of homosexuality in our legal system.
  • I mean this is provocative statements that are inviting a counter reaction from the government, and now she got it.
  • This situation invites the view that the evolution of higher taxes was driven by changes in single major genes that acted as switches between such alternate forms.
Synonyms
cause, induce, provoke, create, generate, engender, foster, encourage, lead to, call forth, make happen; draw, attract, incite, elicit, bring on, bring on oneself, arouse; tempt, court, allure, entice

noun

Pronunciation: /ˈɪnvʌɪt
 
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informal Back to top  
An invitation: no one turns down an invite to one of Mickey’s parties
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  • The bride was in charge of the invites, and the groom the banquet seating arrangements.
  • The demand for invites was so high that three - instead of the scheduled two - screens were booked for the red carpet screening.
  • Avoid invites to chat, filter out annoying invitations for Meetup, birthday parties, or after-hours get-togethers.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Old French inviter, or from Latin invitare.

Derivatives

invitee

noun
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  • Popular socialites and the corporate elite of the City were present at the launch as special invitees, and they witnessed lively music and a personalised magic show.
  • Though a huge chunk of the audience comprised of relatives of the students, the ones who received the maximum attention were the invitees from top hotels in and around the city.
  • Bulgaria and the other six countries that are about to join NATO are no longer discussed as invitees, but more as members of the Alliance, Svinarov said.

inviter

noun
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  • It would be great to have a button that says ‘See inviter's profile’ that links directly from the confirm-or decline-invitation page.
  • The fact that Frank Pierson was listed as one of the inviters made it stand out, but it was no different - probably more subtle - than parties arranged by the three films backed by bigger studios this season.

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