in·​vite | \ in-ˈvīt How to pronounce invite (audio) \
invited; inviting

Definition of invite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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


in·​vite | \ ˈin-ˌvīt How to pronounce invite (audio) \

Definition of invite (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from invite


inviter noun

Synonyms for invite

Synonyms: Verb

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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.

Examples of invite in a Sentence

Verb I visited their house once, but they've never invited me back. I'm planning to invite them for the weekend. Aren't you going to invite me in for a coffee? The event is limited to invited guests. Employees are invited to apply for the new position. The college invited her to speak at the graduation ceremony. The company invites suggestions from customers. Noun Did you send out the invites to the party?
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Broward Mayor Steve Geller is reaching out to building experts to invite them to a committee that will host public hearings and make recommendations to state legislators. Lisa J. Huriash,, 16 July 2021 The indictment claims the Iranian government previously tried to pay Alinejad's relatives in Iran to invite her to travel to a third country, apparently for the purpose of having her seized and taken to Iran to face prison. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 14 July 2021 Toothpicks inserted into individual chunks invite you to pluck away. Washington Post, 9 July 2021 Use these platforms to inform and interact with fellow enthusiasts and invite them to continue the discussion over on your blog. Adam Viener, Forbes, 18 June 2021 In one case, Officer Maria Gray, who was among the West L.A. police to receive a free stick-up camera, emailed Cziment to invite him to an upcoming station family picnic. Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2021 Despite the absence of a draft, all males from age 18 to 25, including noncitizens, have to register with the Selective Service System — just in case the government should one day decide to invite them to boot camp. Steve Chapman,, 9 June 2021 Carter and Bush were close, and the Bush family made sure to invite him to the solemn occasion. Kate Bennett, CNN, 27 May 2021 Patterned and colorful dresses, ruffled tops, and puff-sleeve blazers line the walls, and a pair of antique chairs invite you to sit for styling chats. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 19 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For anyone who didn't score an invite to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's royal wedding reception, here's the next best thing. Stephanie Petit,, 14 July 2021 Dickinson participated in the G League Elite Camp but still didn't earn an invite to the combine. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, 6 July 2021 To earn an invite to the summit, teens — among other things — had to participate during the five-week leadership series hosted this past spring at PGA TOUR Superstores. Edgar Thompson,, 30 June 2021 Celebrities from Gabrielle Union to Hayley Kiyoko were obsessed and desperate for an invite to the next rehearsal, while Lively was very much living for it and fangirling at the crossover moment. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 23 June 2021 Last, but not least, never just send someone an iCal invite for a chat without having first connected. Victoria Kirby, Allure, 5 Mar. 2021 Pick one that lends itself to virtual celebration, ask a few friends to join in the fun, and send out that Zoom invite. Michella Oré, Glamour, 2 Dec. 2020 Those who register will receive an invite to schedule an appointment. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Apr. 2021 A decade earlier, Popovich had been the leading scorer at the Air Force Academy, good enough to receive an invite to the 1972 U.S. Olympic team tryouts. Chris Ballard, Los Angeles Times, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of invite


1533, in the meaning defined at sense 2b


1659, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for invite


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

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English Language Learners Definition of invite

: to ask (someone) to go somewhere or do something
: to ask (someone) formally or politely to do something
: to request (something) formally or politely


in·​vite | \ in-ˈvīt How to pronounce invite (audio) \
invited; inviting

Kids Definition of invite

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

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