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 Neither the president nor First Lady Jill Biden will invite guests, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has said. Los Angeles Times, "Watch: Biden makes first address to Congress as president," 29 Apr. 2021 That's why the final room of the exhibition will invite visitors to step ‘through the Looking Glass’. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, "How The V&A’s New Alice Curiouser And Curiouser Exhibition Will Take You On A Hyper-Imaginative Journey," 20 Apr. 2021 Carl Wallace decided the right way to respond to the burglary attempt at his Augusta, Georgia, restaurant was to invite the would-be burglar in for a chat about his future. Jeremy Beaman, Washington Examiner, "Georgia restaurant owner urges burglary suspect to apply for job rather than pressing charges," 6 Apr. 2021 Some fear that singling out neighborhoods for priority access could invite lawsuits in the future. Sarah Midkiff,, "These Cities Are Seeing Surges In Vaccinations — But Only In The Wealthiest Neighborhoods," 23 Feb. 2021 Bird did not say how many students the district will invite back into classrooms. oregonlive, "Portland Public Schools may bring limited students back into classrooms later this month," 14 Jan. 2021 Corry was the Giants’ highest-profile pitcher at instructs because the club did not invite right-hander Sean Hjelle, who is closer to the big-leagues. Henry Schulman,, "Top Giants prospects Marco Luciano, Hunter Bishop excel in instructional league," 12 Nov. 2020 The backfield is headlined by Mostert and Wilson, who combined to miss 12 games due to injuries last year and invite punishment with their rugged style. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, "Draft a RB? The 49ers will likely keeping shopping in the scrap heap," 22 Apr. 2021 The Pentagon said too rapid a withdrawal would doom the talks, invite violence and cause American forces to have to abandon valuable equipment. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: Biden pledges to leave Afghanistan. It’s a withdrawal years in the making.," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Groff then accepted Arber's invite to be an honorary member of the drama club. Erin Richards, USA TODAY, "Teacher Appreciation Week: In a tough year, these educators stood out -- and gave us hope.," 3 May 2021 If there's no invite: Dust it off and keep moving down your list. Abigail Rosenthal, Chron, "Houston is hot. Here's a guide to mooching off your friends with pools this summer," 26 Apr. 2021 Publicly, there had been no firm word up until this week that Presidents Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia would accept Biden's summit invite, given disputes with the U.S. over nonclimate issues. Ellen Knickmeyer, Star Tribune, "Go forth and spend: Call for action closes US climate summit," 23 Apr. 2021 According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, Alex is a therapy bunny belonging to a woman who lost her restaraunt during the pandemic and was getting lots of attention and an invite from the Warriors to attend a game down the road. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants hop to another shutout in homestand opener, beat Marlins 3-0," 22 Apr. 2021 Consider the above before hitting send on your next meeting invite, and your employees will thank you. Julia Wuench, Forbes, "The Four Steps That Will Help You Decide If A Work Meeting Is Necessary," 21 Apr. 2021 Putin has yet to respond yet to Biden's summit invite. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Biden puts his stamp on foreign policy with series of momentous decisions," 15 Apr. 2021 Saunders recently got an invite to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands under-17 national team, which begins play April 28 in Nicaragua. Pat Stoetzer,, "Carroll County’s private school basketball standouts from 2021 winter season," 12 Apr. 2021 An exclusive invite confirms the players as top prospects to watch. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati's finest prep football players to be at Under Armour All-America camp, Columbus," 8 Apr. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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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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