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

The ceremony took place at a courthouse, and no guests were invited. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "A Complete Timeline of the Events of Dirty John," 14 Jan. 2019 The program is being piloted from January to June and is only available in DC’s Wards 7 and 8 for up to 500 families that will be initially invited to try it. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Lyft is offering $2.50 rides to grocery stores for DC residents with limited food choices," 11 Dec. 2018 Disclaimer: The writer was invited by Radisson for a one-night stay at the Strand Stockholm hotel. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "At revamped 1920s hotel, Scandi cool meets Japanese craft," 28 Sep. 2018 On the 10th anniversary of the shooting, the class of '99 was invited back to the school. As Told To Beth Dreher And Elissa Sanci, Woman's Day, "How to Keep Our Kids Safe in School as the Gun Debate Rages On," 25 Sep. 2018 The strongest objection came from South Sudan’s United Nations ambassador, Akuei Bona Malwal, who is not a council member but was invited to attend the vote. New York Times, "U.N. Imposes Arms Embargo on South Sudan as Atrocities Go Unabated," 13 July 2018 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission bear biologist Alyssa Simmons will lead the workshop from 11 a.m. to noon Aug. 1 at the W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. People from outside Mount Dora are invited to attend. Jerry Fallstrom,, "Mount Dora schedules black bear educational workshop days after bear spotted in tree," 13 July 2018 Apparently, one lucky fan is invited to meet the cast during production, too! Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Designer Bobby Berk And The Queer Eye Guys Are Filming In Japan," 24 Jan. 2019 Timed with New York’s Winter Antiques Show, which Buatta had chaired for many years, 300 invited guests braved a wickedly cold night to laugh, cry, and reminisce about their favorite decorator and prankster. Steven Stolman, Town & Country, "Inside Mario Buatta's Final High Society Farewell," 23 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Google is also leaving an open invite to other English-language publications to apply and become part of the service. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Google wants to replace your radio as an audio news source," 6 Dec. 2018 Shop Now: Mickey and Minnie Mouse Slippers, now $15, Got an invite to an ugly sweater party this year? Gianluca Russo, Teen Vogue, "Disney Unveils Black Friday 2018 Deals," 18 Nov. 2018 Sarah, Duchess of York has driven plenty of scandal over the years; in 2010 she was recorded offering information about her ex-husband to tabloids in exchange for £500,000, a move that reportedly cost her an invite to the royal wedding in 2011. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "These Princess Beatrice Facts Prove She's One Interesting Royal," 12 Oct. 2018 Even though one of her dogs didn't make it over to England with her, Guy appears to have settled in nicely, even scoring an invite to Meghan and Harry's wedding back in May, and riding in a car alongside Queen Elizabeth herself. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's New Dog Has the Most Adorable and Unusual Name," 2 Sep. 2018 White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders on Thursday tweeted that President Trump requested that National Security Adviser John Bolton extend an invite to Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington, D.C., in the fall. Fox News, "President Trump asked Amb. Bolton to invite Putin to Washington, Sanders says," 19 July 2018 Getty Images More than 2 million people in 180 countries have reportedly signed up for Initiative Q, an invite-only payment network that aims to set the stage for a new digital currency. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "This new would-be currency isn’t crypto — but is it for real?," 8 Nov. 2018 Per McCain's website, this an invite-only memorial, but there will be a livestream available. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "President Trump Reportedly Will Not Attend John McCain's Funeral," 29 Aug. 2018 The following night, Billboard will host an invite-only Country Power Players event on June 5, which honors the top 100 executives in the country music industry. Taylor Weatherby, Billboard, "Billboard to Host Next Women of Country & Power Players Events in Nashville," 30 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'invite.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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