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

Relatives and friends are invited to call on Thursday, June 6th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington followed by a funeral service at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be private., "Ruth V. Nyez," 4 June 2019 The viewer is invited to fantasize that, if not for Dyatlov, the better men would have done the right thing and the fatal flaw in the reactor, and the system itself, might have remained latent. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "What HBO’s “Chernobyl” Got Right, and What It Got Terribly Wrong," 4 June 2019 Miserable People’ in Trump White House The president’s state visit was scheduled to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, but the trip has been repeatedly delayed since Queen Elizabeth first invited him in 2017. Adam Carlson,, "Camilla Goes Viral with Wink Behind Trump's Back During Tea with Prince Charles: She Is 'All Sane People,' Twitter Says," 4 June 2019 This group show invites viewers to retreat to a place of peace, if only for a brief, blissful moment. Grace Cote, charlotteobserver, "Here’s what’s coming up in Charlotte’s visual arts," 4 June 2019 With assistance from their nutty backup singers, the Squirrelles, Elephant and Piggie invites the audience to join in for interactive fun. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events June 6-11: ‘Oklahoma,’ Big Slick weekend, TinyFest Midwest, Tan France," 4 June 2019 Additionally, according to Shanahan, the ship's crew had not been invited to Trump's visit, but had not been excluded, as previously reported. Nicholas Wu, USA TODAY, "USS John McCain controversy: Shanahan reached out to Cindy McCain," 3 June 2019 Walk for seniors planned in Elburn Seniors are invited on a leisurely, guided stroll through Johnson’s Mound Forest Preserve in Elburn from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday. Beacon-news Staff, Aurora Beacon-News, "Family Outdoor Fair planned at Fermilab," 3 June 2019 Also on Sunday, June 16, the public is invited to fly kites, including ones built at the weekend’s events at the museum or brought from home. Austen Erblat,, "Go fly (and make) a kite for Father’s Day weekend at Morikami Museum," 3 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In fact, the two are so close that the famous footballer and his wife, Victoria Beckham, got an invite to William and Kate’s wedding. Vogue, "11 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Friends With Royals," 8 Aug. 2018 Nixon declined the invite to the Convention, Kidd said, because of the controversy about a political speaker. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "Why Southern Baptists giving Mike Pence a platform is so controversial," 13 June 2018 Trump's decision to rescind the invite didn't sit well with the NFL players' union. Noel Harris, sacbee, "‘No one wants the invite anyway’: Why some athletes don't want to visit Trump," 5 June 2018 Since its inception in 2011, the winner of the Lincoln-Way East invite has gone on to win two state championships, and all but one winner has made the state quarterfinals. Logan Malloy, Daily Southtown, "Local roundup: Dan Littleton, Brother Rice come up big against Lincoln-Way East in boys volleyball," 29 Apr. 2018 An invite to the Party of the Year is as elusive as finding a golden ticket in a Wonka bar: coveted and difficult to obtain. Vogue, "See 57 Celebrities Who Attended the Met Gala for the First Time," 7 May 2019 After dating for four years, William is rumored to have refused an invite to New Year’s with Kate’s family. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Once Broke Up During College," 16 Aug. 2018 These are the top contenders to watch this year: An X Games committee, comprised of sports specialists, determines which athletes receive an invite to the Games. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "The 2019 Winter X Games Starts This Week—Here’s What You Need to Know," 23 Jan. 2019 Internal agency emails show Smotkin told Hupp in a July 2017 email that Pruitt would receive an invite from the Qatar Government to attend a conference, but the trip never happened. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: National Weather Service makes dozens of hires as new hurricane season begins," 4 June 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 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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