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 My cousin has decided to invite only his nieces and nephews to the wedding. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: My kids aren’t invited to a wedding. Do I say something?," 12 July 2020 The idea is to invite some people to the ceremony and others to the reception. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "Spread love not germs: Sanitizer favors, disjointed seating and more planned for 2020 weddings," 10 July 2020 President Trump asked us to invite YOU to his campaign rally in PORTSMOUTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Trump rally that was planned for this weekend in New Hampshire is postponed," 10 July 2020 The question becomes: Who do my parents invite over to dinner? Lisa Selin Davis, CNN, "How can we embrace race? Learn from this couple advocating for change," 1 July 2020 Each team could invite up to 60 players to its training camp. Mark Inabinett |, al, "25 with Alabama baseball roots going to MLB summer camps," 29 June 2020 Over the weekend, Worley used Facebook to invite customers to a peaceful protest on Sunday afternoon. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "Bar in Burleson protests shutdown, saying it’s being ‘bullied by our governor'," 28 June 2020 Teams are allowed to invite 60 players to their camps, and those are the only players eligible to play this season. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "2020 MLB season: Detroit Tigers' roster size, trade deadline, rules for 60-game sprint," 24 June 2020 The makers of Octodad invite you to the island of Bugsnax, an adventure that seems focused on pieces of food that get up and walk around like insects. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Spider-Man, Ratchet and Clank, Gran Turismo, and more are coming to PS5," 11 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To extend Johnson an invite for a 2020 Ring of Honor induction following the Canton delay would constitute a meaningful gesture from Jones. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "With Canton postponed, there’s no reason to further delay Jimmy Johnson’s invite to Cowboys’ Ring of HonorThis article has comments enabled.," 25 June 2020 West even got a White House invite ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Siraj Hashmi, Washington Examiner, "2020 countdown: the Kanye West presidentialfest," 9 July 2020 The single also earned him more than 182 million streams and scored him an invite to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. Brianne Tracy,, "Go Behind-the-Scenes of Matt Stell's 'If I Was a Bar' Video — His 'Fun Romp Through Heartbreak'," 8 July 2020 Overnight, James says over 30,000 people entered their email address into Bui’s website, which made no promise of early access to the app, but resembled many of the other invite-only betas. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "The 👁👄👁 Debacle Sums Up Tech's Race Issues," 29 June 2020 The 16 teams currently sitting in a playoff position in the league's standings—eight each from the Eastern and Western conferences—gain an automatic invite to the Orlando competition. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "NBA set to approve July return with 22 teams in Orlando: report," 3 June 2020 Jayden Ballard, a Massillon Washington wide receiver, became the seventh Ohio State commit to accept his invite to the 2021 All-American Bowl, per 247Sports. Cameron Fields, cleveland, "Ohio State football sees four-star Joshua Burnham lasting at linebacker: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 1 June 2020 With that in mind, Verily’s chief medical and scientific officer Dr. Jessica Mega, Google Health boss David Feinberg, and the leader of IBM Watson Health, Paul Roma, would be way high on my invite list. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Join us at Brainstorm Health 2020," 18 June 2020 That would be a more direct route back to the sport’s highest level than a minicamp invite with Golden State. Connor Letourneau,, "Whom could Warriors sign during NBA transaction window?," 12 June 2020

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 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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30 Jul 2020

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“Invite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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