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invitation Line breaks: in¦vi|ta¦tion
Pronunciation: /ɪnvɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/

Definition of invitation in English:


1A written or verbal request inviting someone to go somewhere or to do something: a wedding invitation
More 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.
request, call, bidding, summons
informal invite
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 chef
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  • 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 disaster
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  • 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.
encouragement, provocation, temptation, lure, magnet, bait, enticement, attraction, draw, pull, allure
informal come-on


Late Middle English: from French, or from Latin invitatio(n-), from invitare (see invite).

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