in·​vi·​ta·​tion | \ ˌin-və-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce invitation (audio) \

Definition of invitation

1a : the act of inviting
b : an often formal request to be present or participate

Examples of invitation in a Sentence

We sent out more than 100 invitations for the party.
Recent Examples on the Web The Detroit News reported the invitation earlier Thursday. Mario Parker,, "Trump to Meet With Michigan Republicans in Bid to Overturn Vote," 19 Nov. 2020 Below is an example of how the invitation might look, per the fact-checking website Snopes. oregonlive, "Thinking about joining the Secret Sister Gift Exchange that’s popping up all over Facebook? Don’t -- it’s a scam," 17 Nov. 2020 Given the invitation is public, a no-show by Biden might be perceived as a personal snub of a country that has fought alongside America in every major war since World War I. Washington Post, "Biden’s plan to combat climate change leaves coal-loving Australia an outlier," 17 Nov. 2020 As for the invitation itself, that would finally arrive . . . Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, National Review, "An Encounter Sabotaged," 17 Nov. 2020 That refusal served no purpose, as the media naturally took it as an invitation to find the answer. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "White House Medical Confusion," 4 Oct. 2020 Philadelphia Eagles elicit another White House invitation withdrawal (June 4, 2018). Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "10 times sports figures challenged President Donald Trump in the last four years," 2 Nov. 2020 The poll of 645 likely general election voters was conducted Wednesday through Friday by live phone calls, interactive voice response and text message invitation. Mike Cason |, al, "Alabama US Senate race 2020: Tommy Tuberville has 13-point lead over Doug Jones, poll shows," 26 Oct. 2020 But few football programs around the country have grown in reputation, and, more importantly, in legitimacy the way Utah has — in the handful of seasons before the Pac-12 invitation and the nine since. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: As Pac-12 Bad Boys, nobody laughs at Utah football, not anymore," 17 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of invitation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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23 Nov 2020

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“Invitation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of invitation

: a written or spoken request for someone to go somewhere or to do something
: the act of inviting someone
: something that encourages someone to do something or that makes something more likely to happen


in·​vi·​ta·​tion | \ ˌin-və-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce invitation (audio) \

Kids Definition of invitation

1 : a written or spoken request for someone to go somewhere or do something
2 : the act of inviting

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