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

According to Vanity Fair, Diana recommended that 26-year-old Sarah be invited to an event at Windsor Castle during Royal Ascot in 1985. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "A Complete Timeline of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson's Relationship," 8 Oct. 2018 In the midst of Tuesday’s Cohen and Manafort news, the Washington Post reported that Kudlow invited a prominent white nationalist to his birthday party over the weekend. Emily Stewart, Vox, "The $30 trillion reason Republicans won’t turn on Trump," 23 Aug. 2018 The Arizona Attorney General's Office on Thursday night invited anyone refused the opportunity to speak to file a complaint with its office. Craig Harris, azcentral, "East Valley charter, subject of Republic investigation, reverses itself after blocking public comment," 14 July 2018 The United Kingdom has invited independent chemical-weapons experts to visit next week and independently confirm the nerve agent suspected in the case. Bart Jansen, USA TODAY, "British police identify source of Russian nerve agent that killed woman," 13 July 2018 Curtis invited him in; Graffman, a Sinophile who has traveled widely in China, took him as a student. David Patrick Stearns,, "Lang Lang's recovery: Will he ever play in Philly again?," 12 July 2018 Torri invited him here for a series of Chopin concerts, which coincided with the Athenaeum’s 100th birthday. Beth Wood,, "San Diego native Gustavo Romero returns to Athenaeum's Summer Festival for the 20th year," 12 July 2018 Case in point: women are now being invited to egg freezing parties—social events built entirely around talking about female fertility—to learn how to preserve, and pay for, their fertility future. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Why Aren't Men Talking About Fertility?," 22 Apr. 2019 The story was sparked by claims that Doria was reportedly invited by the Queen to spend Christmas with Meghan and the rest of the royal family last year. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "A Romance Novel Based on Meghan Markle's Mother, Doria Ragland, Really is Coming Soon," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 The recipient will then receive an invite, and all calls and messages that transpire within that conversation will be encrypted end-to-end until it is terminated. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Skype now offers end-to-end encrypted conversations," 20 Aug. 2018 The Tigers were relieved to get the invite and looking forward to playing in 70-degree weather. Ron Higgins,, "LSU feels it has nothing to lose in its NCAA regional journey up the Oregon Trail," 31 May 2018 Had an invite to try out for the Colts and had interest from other teams. Tim Bielik,, "J.T. Barrett signing a three-year deal with the Saints: Report," 1 May 2018 Stamos is once again declining the invite to head to Riot Fest and is instead using his skills for good—he'll play host at the Make-A-Wish Ball on Saturday, May 20 at Navy Pier. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Sorry, Riot Fest. John Stamos only has eyes for Make-A-Wish," 17 May 2017

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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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