in·vi·ta·tion | \ˌin-və-ˈtā-shən \

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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Heitkamp and Manchin also declined an invitation to attend Monday's announcement. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Donnelly declines invitation to be at White House as Trump announces Supreme Court nominee," 9 July 2018 Since that time, the band has participated in competitions across the state, earned numerous titles and most recently secured an invitation to participate in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Community news: Lincoln-Way Marching Band set for Mokena July 4 parade," 28 June 2018 For a second-round pick fighting to earn an invitation to training camp, every second on the floor in front of the watchful eyes of coaches and front office staff counts. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Metu’s misfortune means missed opportunity for Spurs’ second-rounder," 12 July 2018 The richer of the two, Mondadori, courts him with invitations to his villa and lavish cash payments, while the other, Einaudi, eagerly matches them. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 Players are competing for an invitation to training camp or a two-way deal with the Kings or another team. Jason Jones, sacbee, "The race for the Kings' two-way contracts and camp invites is heating up," 10 July 2018 Levine cold-called the chief operating officer, mispronouncing his name badly and getting an earful for it — and an invitation to New York. David Smiley, Joey Flechas And Danny Rivero, miamiherald, "Hustle and Flow: How Philip Levine made the money that’s financing his bid for governor," 10 July 2018 For the uninitiated, this invitation-only soiree is known as the place to see and be seen on Tonys night. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Broadway’s Brightest Partied Until Dawn at The Carlyle on Tonys Night," 11 June 2018 The lunch is so popular, officials said, the group maintains an invitation-only policy and requires a badge for admission. Jacob Bunge And Heather Haddon, WSJ, "A Stampede of Meatless Products Overrun Grocery Store Meat Cases," 10 June 2018

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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 \

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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