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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De Blasio’s actual launch was spoiled when invitations went out for an event in Iowa that listed him as already in the race, albeit with his name spelled wrong (something that happens a lot to the mayor). Evan Halper,, "New York Mayor Bill de Blasio takes his low popularity to the national stage," 14 June 2019 Banners on Lee Tung Street protest the redevelopment of the road known for being home to wedding banquet invitation card printers in February 2004. Antony Dapiran, CNN, "City of dissent: Hong Kong has a proud tradition of protesting to protect its unique identity," 14 June 2019 Our photo safari begins with a special invitation to the Noloholo Environmental Center, run by National Geographic grantees Laly Lichtenfeld and Charles Trout. National Geographic, "Tanzania High School Photography Workshop," 12 June 2019 Has the uptick in these invitations been occasioned by some great elevation of my public profile or some meteoric increase in my expertise? Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "Fifty-Fifty Follies," 10 June 2019 In the Academy's most aggressive bid yet to diversify its membership, 1,340 invitations were sent out. Paul Grein, Billboard, "BTS Among More Than 1,300 Potential New Members Invited to Join Recording Academy," 6 June 2019 Wednesday's announcement turns on its head an assurance to scientists late last year at an invitation-only NIH workshop on fetal tissue research. Amy Goldstein, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration imposes new restrictions on fetal tissue research," 5 June 2019 As excerpted by Marie Claire, Witherspoon received an invitation to attend a Los Angeles fundraiser hosted by the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William soon after their royal wedding had sent the world into a tizzy. Devon Ivie, Glamour, "Reese Witherspoon Says She Fell Under Kate Middleton's 'Spell' When They First Met," 26 Sep. 2018 Epic says these devices will be able to hop onboard the battle bus immediately after receiving an invitation. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "How to install Fortnite on Android, and every phone that can play it," 13 Aug. 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 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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