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.

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A year after an accident sidelines her skating career, Eva accepts an invitation to a mysterious competition in a remote town. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 The invitation was part of the effort to bring to a conclusion negotiations that were close to a deal, although not one favorable to the interests of the United States. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 12 Sep. 2019 Shortly after the demonstration, Braman accepted an invitation from the college to travel to Kruger to assess its K9 unit. Sean Viljoen, National Geographic, "Texas hounds chase down rhino poachers in South Africa," 11 Sep. 2019 Trump faced a backlash from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle - as well as from some members of his administration - for extending the invitation to Taliban leaders days before the Sept. 11 anniversary. oregonlive, "At 9/11 memorial, Trump vows to strike back with more than nuclear power if U.S. is attacked again," 11 Sep. 2019 On Friday, Jacob Friend accepted the invitation of Jim Lithas of JPL Property Services, and spent some of the day shadowing Lithas on a landscaping job. Chuck Fieldman,, "Social media buzz leads to mentoring session for Timothy Christian sophomore with lawn mowing business," 3 Sep. 2019 Back then, the Russian leader accepted the invitation to visit Poland for the 70th anniversary and joined Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in Westerplatte. Marc Santora, New York Times, "In Poland, Where History Is a Weapon, Leaders Commemorate World War II," 1 Sep. 2019 The funeral home issued the invitation on Tuesday – and is paying for the costs of the service. The Christian Science Monitor, "Saving the academic integrity of student-athletes," 16 Aug. 2019 Alabama receiver commit Javon Baker has accepted an invitation to a postseason national all-star game. Josh Bean |,, "Recruiting notebook: Bama commit headed to national all-star game," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of invitation

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

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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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