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

Definition of invite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

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


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

ask, bid

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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


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.


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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Although, the fact that the creators invited all the actors, past and present, back to celebrate the final season is so sweet. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Just Revealed One of the TWO Maids of Honor at Her Upcoming Wedding," 4 Apr. 2019 Hermès, the French luxury label known for its intimidatingly formal boutiques and customers who yearn to pay five figures or more for its Birkin handbags, also wants to be known for fanny packs and shops that are warm and inviting. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Hermès, Artisan of the Birkin Bag, Rolls Out a Fanny Pack," 3 Apr. 2019 During the dinner service, chefs will lead discussions about their own and other women’s experiences across various facets of the food world, inviting fellow chefs, brewers, farmers, ceramicists, honey-makers and more to share candidly with diners. Noor Brara, Vogue, "How a Woman-Led Dinner Series, and the Country’s Best Chefs, Are Changing the Culinary Status Quo," 2 Apr. 2019 Huckberry will randomly select 15 entries from the adventure with the most votes and invite those selected to write a 250-word essay. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "Vote for Huckberry's Explorer’s Grant and Win Your Chance to Go on a Wild Adventure," 26 Mar. 2019 The daytime host recreated the Central Perk set from the show and even invited Lisa Kudrow (AKA Phoebe Buffay) for a surprise mini reunion. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Courteney Cox Revisited Her Friends Apartment With a Perfect Instagram Tribute," 21 Mar. 2019 The high court has said these factors, named after a former death row inmate named Jose Briseno, have no grounding in prevailing medical practice and invite lay stereotypes to guide assessment of such disability. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Supreme Court rules out death penalty for Texas inmate," 19 Feb. 2019 Remigino started one of the premier meets in the state – the Hartford Public Invitational in 1970 – and over the years, invited top runners from New England and New York to compete. Staff Report,, "U.S. Olympic Team, USA Track And Field Honor Lindy Remigino On Social Media," 13 July 2018 It was rumoured that both were invited but could not attend due to tour schedules in the United States. Fox News, "George and Amal Clooney join the list of A-list royal wedding no-shows," 12 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The recipient will then receive an invite, and all calls and messages that transpire within that conversation will be encrypted end-to-end until it is terminated. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Skype now offers end-to-end encrypted conversations," 20 Aug. 2018 The Tigers were relieved to get the invite and looking forward to playing in 70-degree weather. Ron Higgins,, "LSU feels it has nothing to lose in its NCAA regional journey up the Oregon Trail," 31 May 2018 Had an invite to try out for the Colts and had interest from other teams. Tim Bielik,, "J.T. Barrett signing a three-year deal with the Saints: Report," 1 May 2018 Stamos is once again declining the invite to head to Riot Fest and is instead using his skills for good—he'll play host at the Make-A-Wish Ball on Saturday, May 20 at Navy Pier. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Sorry, Riot Fest. John Stamos only has eyes for Make-A-Wish," 17 May 2017 After a childhood spent consorting with royalty from all over Europe, Princess Theodora surely runs in the most elite circles—and her upcoming wedding might just be the invite of the season. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Princess Theodora of Greece Is Engaged to Lawyer Matthew Kumar," 16 Nov. 2018 Watch Now: To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that : 0%: 0% There was also no invite to either the wedding or the reception for Harry’s old party chum Natalie Pinkham. Katie Nicholl, Vanities, "Some of Prince Harry’s Old Friends Were “a Bit Surprised” to Not Be Invited to the Evening Wedding Reception," 21 May 2018 Others opted to discuss rumors of a possible Spice Girl reunion in time for the wedding and if there would be an invite for President Trump. William Booth, Washington Post, "Where’s my invite?: 2,600 members of the public to attend Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding," 2 Mar. 2018 There's speculation that there might be an invite for former US president Barack Obama, who Harry befriended at Kensington Palace in 2016 and at last year’s Invictus Games in Toronto. Staff Reports, Houston Chronicle, "TV-radio listings: Feb. 19," 19 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of invite


1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


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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