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 (for), court, flirt (with), woo

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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

One of soccer's most popular teams, Manchester United, expressed its relief over the rescue and invited the boys and their coach, as well as those who saved them, to come see the team play on their home ground this season. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "'Everyone is safe' after daring rescue of 13 in Thai cave," 11 July 2018 The city held a series of workshops about growth, inviting residents to sign up for two-hour-long focused conversations in small groups. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "Stuck in traffic jams, asking who's to blame? The answer depends on who you ask.," 9 July 2018 Besides Orlando Johnson and myself, all of players invited for the tryout came from high major schools…. Alysha Tsuji, For The Win, "C.J. McCollum recalls how being cut from Team USA was 'blessing in disguise'," 4 July 2018 Koepka's father, Bob, hoped his son could play well enough on the pro circuit to occasionally get invited to tournaments. Stephanie Apstein,, "With Two U.S. Opens in His Bag, Brooks Koepka Still Wants to Be the Underdog," 3 July 2018 Brightline’s bid prompted the state to invite other private companies to bid on the project. Wayne K. Roustan,, "State taking bids to link high-speed rail to Tampa," 23 June 2018 Vast profits might reflect products that cannot possibly become any more popular, or a concentration of power that invites a competitive or political backlash. The Economist, "History’s biggest firms," 5 July 2018 The thing about summer league — and the thing Johnson realizes — is that the goal for players isn't necessarily sticking with the teams that invite them. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "His NBA chances dwindling, ex-UNC star Brice Johnson only wants 1 thing from Hornets," 2 July 2018 As Kurinsky isn't able to ride his bicycle during the Sabbath, Kaplan invited him to stay at his home. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Rabbi's bike ride across Florida's east coast includes local stops," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Selling Bartley and McBurnie is an invite to the further demise of the club., "Fend Off the Northerners: Selling McBurnie & Bartley Would Be the Worst Mistake for Swansea to Make," 26 May 2018 Despite missing out on an invite to the private party hosted by Prince Charles, the cast of Suits still managed to have an amazing time after such a busy day at the royal wedding, and that's thanks to a round of karaoke. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 'Suits' Cast Did Karaoke After They Weren't Invited to the Royal Wedding's Evening Reception," 20 May 2018 These Derby hosts were named top in America And for those celebrity party watchers, here's an insider tip: Underwood is being co-hosted by Patricia Barnstable-Brown and has snagged an invite to the premiere Barnstable Brown Derby Eve Gala. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "It's almost here! Kentucky Derby Festival announces its stunning 2018 celebrity list," 26 Apr. 2018 But an invite to play in the final two tournaments of the season was warmly received and duly justified by the performances on the pitch, the highlight being a 21-19 victory over England at Twickenham to win bronze in the London Sevens. George Ramsay, CNN, "Ireland learning to love rugby sevens after 'amazing' run," 15 June 2018 To boost diversity, 49 percent of those invites were sent out to women, while 38 percent of invitees were people of color., "The Quick Read: Queen Latifah Says 'It's Only A Matter Of Time' Before We Get A 'Girls Trip' Sequel," 28 June 2018 While the Lynx players and coaches didn't mention President Donald Trump by name during the event, the team's lack of an invite to the White House drew the attention of the teams in the NBA Finals. Doug Feinberg, Houston Chronicle, "WNBA champion Lynx, with no invite from White House, spend day in Washington for community service," 7 June 2018 When Thompson learned that her invite to the royal wedding came with a plus one, her choice of guest was clear: Sharon Goodman, grandmother of 15-year-old Olivia Campbell-Hardy, who was one of seven children killed in the Manchester bombing. Thom Leavy, CBS News, "Manchester bombing survivor attends royal wedding, snaps photo with David Beckham," 20 May 2018 Read more: This teen’s racist prom invite was a bad idea. Eli Rosenberg, Washington Post, "She stalked the Golden State Killer until she died. Some think her work led to the suspect’s arrest.," 26 Apr. 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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evasion of direct action or statement

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