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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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 And Krasinski will invite you to a couples' vacation group that miiiiight be a cult? Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "John Krasinski and Emily Blunt Will Take Two Strangers on a Double Date," 6 Feb. 2020 Purchasers can choose two, three, or four pounds of cotton filling to go between the water-resistant outer layer and the inviting flannel liner. Popular Science, "Warm, versatile sleeping bags for outdoor adventures," 4 Feb. 2020 Defense News was invited to see the ship, which was sailing off the Virginia Capes. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The USS Ford Is Coming Together...Very Slowly," 3 Feb. 2020 Edge of Extinction champ Chris Underwood and Island of the Idols victor Tommy Sheehan were not invited to return for Survivor: Winners at War (which premieres Feb. 12 on CBS). Dalton Ross,, "Nick Wilson on the perils of being the most recent winner in Survivor: Winners at War," 30 Jan. 2020 Boosters hope to reduce vehicle collisions and create a more inviting city core. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Car-free Market Street," 24 Jan. 2020 Temple Emanuel members were invited to bring their own menorah, light them at the same time and enjoy dinner and a concert in celebration of the sixth night of Hanukkah. The Denver Post, "Photos: Hanukkah Hoopla service," 27 Dec. 2019 The fifth annual affair invites boys and girls of all ages to dress up, dance and take pictures with their storybook favorites. John Benson, cleveland, "North Olmsted’s Princess & Character Ball scheduled for Feb. 16 at Springvale Ballroom," 29 Jan. 2020 DeGeneres then invited singer Alicia Keys on stage to award Arnold, who plans to study to become a veterinarian, a $20,000 scholarship for college. NBC News, "Ellen DeGeneres surprises black teen told to cut dreadlocks with $20,000 scholarship," 29 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Since that game, the Blazers have been campaigning to get Simons an invite to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest. Jamie Goldberg | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland Trail Blazers midseason awards: Damian Lillard continues to lead the way, Hassan Whiteside proves to be key acquisition," 15 Jan. 2020 And earlier this month, Pitt got an invite to Aniston's holiday party, too. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt "Might Seem Flirtatious at Times," According to a New Report," 26 Dec. 2019 The killer interacts with those who will become his victims, even getting an invite to their post-rave hangout. Los Angeles Times, "Review: A harrowing account of a mass shooting, ‘Wallflower’ fails to dive deeper," 17 Oct. 2019 Before the national team’s head coach reaches out to Toye, maybe the 20-year-old from New Jersey should first get an invite to the youth national team’s under-23 team. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Loons will rely on depth for Saturday’s game at FC Dallas," 8 Aug. 2019 After getting an invite to Houston Texans minicamp, Towles announced his intention to become a missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Kyle Brown,, "XFL Draft 2019 preview: Which local players will be in the draft pool," 20 June 2019 This isn't just a casual family jaunt into the open air—there's a strict protocol about who gets an invite. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "Who Gets to Stand on the Buckingham Palace Balcony?," 8 June 2019 Cody Kouba, whose business Driftwood Pool Services is directly across Foley Road from the IUOE Training and Education Center where Trump spoke to an invite-only crowd, opened his six-acre lot to anybody who wanted to come. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "2020 vision: Top stories of 2019 and what to expect in the next year," 31 Dec. 2019 In other sports news, the Clemson football team defeats Alabama to win the college national championship and is rewarded with an invite to the White House for a classy shindig. Dave Barry, Washington Post, "Dave Barry’s Year in Review 2019," 29 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of invite was in 1533

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15 Feb 2020

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“Invite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 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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