in·​vite | \in-ˈvīt \
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 \

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

Their relationship began back when Ralph Lauren invited them to attend the 2017 Met Gala in New York together—unbeknownst to him, the two had been flirting over text for quite some time before this. Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Married—And the Newlyweds Are the Stars of Vogue’s First Digital Cover," 1 Dec. 2018 Again, the public is invited to line the route to honor the late Senator. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Cindy McCain Asks Mourners to Send Flowers to Veterans Hospitals in Honor of Her Husband," 30 Aug. 2018 Lighting is fundamental in creating an inviting atmosphere. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "5 Restaurant Design Trends Making Their Way Into Your Home Now," 17 Aug. 2018 When a friend invited her to join her fashion investment fund in Hong Kong, Feiping jumped at the opportunity to connect with her true passion. Harper's BAZAAR, "Crazy Rich Couture," 15 Aug. 2018 To get the look, keep the walls of your interior space bright, begin with an inviting white that allows maximum light in the room. Alexis Jonnson, Good Housekeeping, "3 Nature-Inspired Ways to Transform Your Home," 18 July 2018 Sarah Coats, a Democratic candidate for the Kansas Legislature, was invited by Domme to participate in the meeting. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "‘His social views were liberal.’ Candidate met with Dems before launching GOP run," 13 July 2018 Only top Milwaukee-area restaurants, taken from dining critic Carol Deptolla’s annual list of best restaurants, are being invited to participate. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Richard Blais leads celebrity chef parade at Wine & Food Experience," 11 July 2018 After the hour-long show, the audience is invited to ask questions and answers. Sheryl Devore, Lake County News-Sun, "Marriott Theatre's 'Pinkalicious:' Silly, but honest," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Watch the interview here: Thankfully, Beckham doesn't seem bitter about never receiving her official invite to join the ladies on their tour. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "The Spice Girls Apparently 'Forgot' to Invite Victoria Beckham on Their Reunion Tour," 11 Nov. 2018 So far, the program is only open to a small group of users by invite, although Amazon plans to add more users in the coming months. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Amazon will soon let you pick which day your package arrives," 2 Nov. 2018 Lewis will likely get an invite to spring training in 2019. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners’ top prospect Kyle Lewis promoted to Class AA Arkansas to replace injured Braden Bishop," 23 July 2018 But there was one member of an outside royal family who snagged an invite—Prince Seeiso of Lesotho. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Why Prince Seeiso Was Likely the Only Foreign Royal at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding," 20 May 2018 The mayor also managed to snag an invite to visit Trudeau in Canada. Brittny Mejia,, "L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau take a morning hike in Griffith Park," 10 Feb. 2018 For his joint album with Kid Cudi, titled Kids See Ghosts, West followed suit with a mysterious invite sent out a day prior that guided attendees to show up at a parking lot in Hollywood a few hours prior to record release. Steven J. Horowitz, Billboard, "Kanye West and Kid Cudi Debut 'Kids See Ghosts' Album in Santa Clarita," 8 June 2018 And of course there’s the 2017 WNBA champs, the Minnesota Lynx, who conspicuously never received a White House invite of their own. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "As Trump Disinvites the Eagles, A Brief Look at His Fraught History With Champion Athletes," 5 June 2018 According to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Saints are investing more than just a minicamp invite on Barrett. Tim Bielik,, "J.T. Barrett signing a three-year deal with the Saints: Report," 1 May 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 \
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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