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

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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 Some 200 guests have reportedly been invited for the signing ceremony in the East Room of the White House, where Trump is scheduled to sign the document alongside Chinese Vice-Premier Liu He, who has led Beijing’s negotiating team. Time, "Trump's 'Phase One' Trade Deal With China Won't Stop Trade Wars From Being the New Normal," 15 Jan. 2020 Evans would invite politicians to answer the questions in minute-long videos. Arielle Pardes, Wired, "Chris Evans Goes to Washington," 15 Jan. 2020 Thomas earned his seventh career Pro Bowl invite this season. Tyler Dragon,, "All-AFC North Team: Defensive backs," 14 Jan. 2020 There were very high-profile programs going on there, so it was well known within the community, but certainly not outside the community of people with top secret clearances who’d been invited there. Jordan Runtagh,, "The Storming of Area 51: A Covert Journey to the Heart of America’s Worst-Kept Secret," 13 Jan. 2020 During the House impeachment process, Trump's former national security adviser had been invited to testify but never subpoenaed. Edward Morrissey, TheWeek, "Mitch McConnell outmaneuvers the Democrats — again," 7 Jan. 2020 And all the candidates have been invited to speak at their leadership summit next year in Las Vegas, where their member leadership will be polled to inform SEIU's national endorsement. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "2020 Daily Trail Markers: Democrats sound alarm as courts target ACA," 19 Dec. 2019 And over the years White has been invited to play herself in episodes of popular TV shows including The King of Queens and Fresh Off the Boat. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Vanna White Has the Greatest Job in the World—And She Knows It," 16 Dec. 2019 According to the Chicago Police Department, 4,345 patrol officers, the blue shirts, have been invited to take the sergeants promotional exam at McCormick Place. John Kass,, "Column: Lightfoot and Beck say no more bites of the merit promotions apple at the Chicago Police Department," 10 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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 Zacchilli emailed every defending sectional champion in Massachusetts with an invite to last Saturday’s inaugural Ashland Early Bird Invitational., "Cam Soda," 21 Dec. 2019 The winner gets an automatic invite to the British Open. Evan Hilbert, USA TODAY, "Man's dying wish was to see an Iowa Hawkeyes football game. He did just that on Saturday," 25 Nov. 2019 David Campos, chair of the Democratic County Central Committee, had threatened to call for a boycott of the event because Wilsey’s name was on an invite to a fundraiser for President Trump’s re-election. Phil Matier,, "The Las Vegas A’s? Baseball commissioner tells Oakland it could happen," 6 Oct. 2019 Balazovic’s strong season earned him to an invite to the Futures Game. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Potential clincher for Twins likely to come on the road," 19 Sep. 2019 This season, Tisci finally extended the invite to some famous fans and notable newcomers. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Things to Know About Tonight's Burberry Show," 16 Sep. 2019 Prior to the 3-0 loss to Mexico last week, Dest said that the Dutch federation extended an invite to the U-23 national team and expressed interest in his future services. Avi Creditor,, "USMNT's Sergiño Dest Extends Ajax Contract Through 2021-22," 13 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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Invite.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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How to pronounce invite (audio)

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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a feeling of well-being or elation

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