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

Upon arrival, guests will be invited to join the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, who live in part of the house, for evening cocktails in the saloon followed by a three-course dinner in the State Dining Room, according to a release from Airbnb. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, "One night only: You can stay at 'Downton Abbey's Highclere Castle, thanks to Airbnb," 17 Sep. 2019 Candidates for House District 28 also have been invited to attend. Houston Chronicle, "SL Fort Bend Calendar 091819," 16 Sep. 2019 One of their high lights was they both were invited to sing the national anthem at the beginning of a Tampa Bay Rays baseball game., "Mary L. Krajewski," 15 Sep. 2019 In 2017, amid rising nuclear tensions with North Korea, Japan (with South Korea) was invited to a Five Eyes conclave for the first time. The Economist, "Japanese spies, once renowned, have fallen on hard times," 14 Sep. 2019 In March 2019, he was invited to testify before a U.S. Senate Committee hearing on vaccines and preventable disease outbreaks. Robert Mckeever, The Conversation, "Anti-vaccination mothers have outsized voice on social media; pro-vaccination parents could make a difference," 13 Sep. 2019 In the first month of my sophomore year, I’ve been invited to speak at an international convention along with NASA scientists. ... Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "In their own words: UAA students and staff voice concerns about becoming a single university with UAF, UAS," 13 Sep. 2019 If Porter and Fox are among those selected, they will be invited to an in-person interview at the Mack complex. Eric D. Lawrence, Detroit Free Press, "Ready to apply: Detroiters looking for FCA auto jobs get their shot," 11 Sep. 2019 Harpstead told a panel of state lawmakers after she was invited to testify. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: Time to lower the hammer on the DHS leadership mess," 6 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Apple logo on the invite features a rainbow design with semi-transparent layers that reveal much. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Sends Invites to Sept. 10 Event. Here’s What to Expect," 29 Aug. 2019 According to the invite cited by the newspaper, $100,000 buys a photo opportunity with Trump and lunch, while $250,000 includes a roundtable discussion. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Equinox, SoulCycle Distance Themselves From Chairman's Trump Fundraiser," 7 Aug. 2019 Although Winter isn’t technically the first dog (The president and first lady aren’t known to have any pets), the pup likely holds an open invite to the South Lawn. Kasondra Van Treeck,, "Ivanka Trump’s new dog has people talking. Here’s a look at other presidential pups.," 24 July 2019 Participants who will receive the invites via e-mail or the Starbucks mobile app get half off any espresso beverage between 3 p.m. and closing time. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Happy Hour returns to Starbucks, but only if you're invited," 27 Mar. 2018 Once again the belle of the night was Dede Wilsey, who did not appear to be suffering from being mocked by local Democratic operatives for her name showing up on a Trump fundraiser invite. Willie Brown,, "Pundits laugh at Andrew Yang. Regular people don’t," 14 Sep. 2019 But Grisham insisted the president and Bolton differed on many issues, and the Taliban invite wasn't the breaking point. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Pompeo says Trump was "well within his rights" to oust Bolton," 10 Sep. 2019 From then on, his phone was constantly ringing with invites. Jessica Contrera, Washington Post, "She and her twin were inseparable. Then a gunman tore the 15-year-olds apart.," 8 Sep. 2019 The invite-only affair was sponsored by Shea Moisture and BET Her and allowed a crop of new designers such as Prep Curry, Bishme Cromartie, Kapasa Musonda and Miko Underwood to showcase their latest collections. Ashley Rushford, Essence, "Ciara Receives The Icon 360 Award At Harlem’s Fashion Row 12th Annual Fashion Show And Style Awards," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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