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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Anyone who objects to the arrangement is free to decline the invitation. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Does an unmarried couple deserve a housewarming?," 12 Sep. 2019 Anyone who objects to the arrangement is free to decline the invitation. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Do I have to attend my abusive mother’s funeral?," 12 Sep. 2019 The list of players who either withdrew or declined invitations included James Harden, Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, and Zion Williamson, among others. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Behind Team USA's debacle: Five reasons U.S. national team faltered," 11 Sep. 2019 Kamala Harris, who had previously declined an invitation to the forum, ended up expressing for the first time her intent to eliminate the filibuster if Senate Republicans tried to block the Green New Deal. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "The Growing Impatience for Action at CNN’s Climate-Change Town Halls," 5 Sep. 2019 The biggest risk was the invitation to Zarif, which Macron's office said came together in a matter of hours. Sylvie Corbet,, "France’s Macron says visit by Iran’s foreign minister to G-7 summit offers ‘roadmap’ out of nuclear impasse," 26 Aug. 2019 The new settings will also provide more control for admins and members, giving admins more moderation tools and members the option to see the group’s history and preview its content before accepting or declining an invitation. Dami Lee, The Verge, "Facebook is simplifying group privacy settings and adding admin tools for safety," 14 Aug. 2019 President Trump declined an invitation to appear before the civil rights organization, which typically draws multiple public figures and thousands of attendees to its annual conference. Melanie Eversley, Fortune, "Bipartisan Parade of Candidates Touts Reforms, Bashes Trump, at NAACP Convention," 24 July 2019 However, the Free Press declined an invitation to meet with our engineering experts – and go over facts in detail – prior to publishing these stories. Detroit Free Press, "Ford responds to Free Press investigation of Focus, Fiesta transmissions," 17 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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