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

The groups concluded the letter by inviting Reinbold to meet with them to better understand the state of Alaska Native corporations and Alaska Native land claims. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Native groups criticize Sen. Reinbold for ‘inflammatory’ Facebook post," 17 July 2019 As consumers have invited technology deeper into their homes and handed over samples of their DNA, companies are rushing to reassure clients that privacy comes first. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "CEOs Pledge Privacy, While Consumers Weigh the Trade-Offs: CEO Daily," 16 July 2019 Elika Bernard, a Sacramento community organizer, was one of a dozen black women invited to meet with Warren in May after an Oakland rally. Melanie Mason,, "2020: Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren capturing attention of black women voters," 15 July 2019 Lincoln Park's Nature Museum throws a big outdoor party, and everyone's invited. Web Behrens,, "15 things to do with the kids July 15-21," 15 July 2019 The studio’s latest move follows prior Triggerfish initiatives, including a Story Lab partnership with Disney in 2015, which invited aspiring animators throughout the continent to submit their ideas for development and mentorship. Haleluya Hadero, Quartz Africa, "An animation studio wants more African animators, so has launched a platform to teach it," 15 July 2019 Most notably, Walker reduced the amount Alaskans received from the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend in 2016, 2017 and 2018, enraging many Alaskans and inviting a state Supreme Court challenge from a Democratic state senator. Paola Banchero, The Conversation, "In divided Alaska, the choice is between paying for government or giving residents bigger oil wealth check," 15 July 2019 The Elvis, the Jesus, the Galileo of this monument was a fella named George Ellery Hale, a brilliant manic-depressive who built this dome and two telescopes, then invited the world – including Albert Einstein and Edwin Hubble — to come up to play. Chris Erskinecolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Postcard From L.A.: In the moon glow of Mt. Wilson, go find your place in the cosmos," 15 July 2019 But as soon as Twitter invited people to opt into a prototype of the new design—a new was coming!—the peanut gallery began to weigh in, and not altogether kindly. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "The Inside Story of Twitter's New Redesign," 15 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

As Kimmel pointed out, the Women’s Soccer Team still hasn’t received a formal invite. Nick Romano,, "Jimmy Kimmel gives U.S. Women's Soccer stars the fast food White House experience," 12 July 2019 There was political controversy, of course, though Megan Rapinoe or her teammates would be far from the first athlete to decline an invite to the White House. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "Through controversy and competition, U.S. women's soccer showed it's best," 8 July 2019 That led to Trump tweeting an invite to the team while calling out Rapinoe. Khadrice Rollins,, "Donald Trump Congratulates USWNT for World Cup Title, 'Great and Exciting Play'," 7 July 2019 Markle and Harry are trying to keep Archie's christening as private as possible, hence the small invite list. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Someone Asked Serena Williams If Meghan Markle Chose Her as Archie's Godparent, and She Had the Best Response," 5 July 2019 Former Piston Eric Moreland was able to parlay a summer-league invite into a veteran minimum spot for the 2017-18 season. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons free agency: 5 things to watch as team uses limited funds," 29 June 2019 Smith showed the jury a Facebook invite for the party, which named 12 people as the event’s planners. Megan Cassidy,, "Ghost Ship defendant admits to lying about people living at warehouse," 18 June 2019 This is an invite-only alliance of brand partners whose products our editors trust and would recommend to friends and family. The Editors, Outside Online, "Launching the Outside Brand Collective," 6 June 2019 More young talent arrived in 2015, with three first-rounders and future NHLers Alex Iafallo and Brandon Tanev on invites. Matt Porter,, "Bruins will get an up-close look at draft class this week," 24 June 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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