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invite

verb in·vite \ in-ˈvīt \
|Updated on: 8 Jun 2018

Definition of invite

invited; inviting
1 a : to offer an incentive or inducement to : entice
b : to increase the likelihood of
  • invite trouble
2 a : to request the presence or participation of
  • invited us to dinner
b : to request formally
c : to urge politely : welcome
  • invite comments

inviter

noun

Examples of invite in a Sentence

  1. I visited their house once, but they've never invited me back.

  2. I'm planning to invite them for the weekend.

  3. Aren't you going to invite me in for a coffee?

  4. The event is limited to invited guests.

  5. Employees are invited to apply for the new position.

  6. The college invited her to speak at the graduation ceremony.

  7. The company invites suggestions from customers.

Recent Examples of invite from the Web

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Is invite really a noun?

Yes. Some people feel strongly that the role of invite should be restricted to that of verb, but the English language changes and grows according to its own peculiar whims, and not those of people who write angry letters to dictionaries. The process whereby a word changes its part of speech is called functional shift, and there are tens of thousands of words which have done this. Some of them just bother people more than others, and invite (along with gift and friend, which have changed in the opposite direction) is one that attracts considerable opprobrium.

Origin and Etymology of invite

Middle French or Latin; Middle French inviter, from Latin invitare

invite Synonyms

Phrases

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invite

noun in·vite \ ˈin-ˌvīt \

Definition of invite

Examples of invite in a Sentence

  1. Did you send out the invites to the party?

Recent Examples of invite from the Web

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First Known Use of invite

1659

in the meaning defined above

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INVITE Defined for English Language Learners

invite

Definition of invite for English Language Learners

  • : to ask (someone) to go somewhere or do something

  • : to ask (someone) formally or politely to do something

  • : to request (something) formally or politely


INVITE Defined for Kids

invite

verb in·vite \ in-ˈvīt \

Definition of invite for Students

invited; inviting
1 : to ask (someone) to go somewhere or do something
  • I invited them to dinner.
2 : 1welcome 2
  • We invite suggestions.
3 : to tend to bring on
  • Such behavior invites trouble.


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