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 Don’t invite intervention from the Football Gods, not with a team this good., "Same schedule for Patriots, weak after weak - The Boston Globe," 17 Sep. 2019 In 2017, Brown allegedly invited an artist to his Pittsburgh home to paint a mural on a wall in his house. Michael Mccann,, "The Legal Impact of the Newest Accusations Against Antonio Brown," 16 Sep. 2019 In September 2018 Emma invited interviewer Tom Ward over to her LA apartment to chat and film a video for his channel Under the Influence. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Complete Timeline of Emma Chamberlain and Ethan Dolan's Rumored Relationship," 11 Sep. 2019 In celebration of its 30 year anniversary, 1015 Folsom invites you and some of the scene's most in-demand DJs to help blow out the candles throughout the month of October. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Justice, Black Coffee, Bicep, Whethan & More to Play 30th Anniversary Of San Francisco's 1015 Folsom," 10 Sep. 2019 Every girl should be invited to the party, and have a concealer, and a foundation that matches her. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Sir John Talks UOMA Beauty and Inclusivity At NYFW," 9 Sep. 2019 During this time children aged pre-K to second grade are invited and encouraged to attend Calvary’s new Summit Kids Worship service, which is a developmentally appropriate worship service in our chapel., "Religion Briefs: Calvary’s new fall schedule, a back to school fair and rally days," 7 Sep. 2019 In it, Osaka invited Gauff to join her in the interview. Halley Bondy, NBC News, "In the know: Women in the news 9/2-9/6," 6 Sep. 2019 In this case, looking back invites a bit of skepticism that may be useful going forward. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Is WeWork Really a Tech Company? The Answer Matters—Data Sheet," 6 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Keyser, passed over by every NHL team in multiple drafts, scored an invite to Black-and-Gold rookie camp in 2017, in part because of his fine season backstopping the OHL Oshawa team captained by Bruins first-rounder Jack Studnicka., "“The details of the game,” he said, elude him when it comes to goaltenders.," 17 Sep. 2019 Just recently, the Cincinnati Reds honored Steve Castner as area softball Coach of the Year with an invite to Great American Ballpark. Scott Springer,, "After illness, Lakota East softball coach Steve Castner recuperating, hoping for return," 13 Sep. 2019 People will be clamoring for an invite to your next party — or popping you to the top of their invite list for a potluck. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "8 spicy snack recipes to heat up your next party," 15 Aug. 2019 The Apple logo on the invite features a rainbow design with semi-transparent layers that reveal much. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Apple Sends Invites to Sept. 10 Event. Here’s What to Expect," 29 Aug. 2019 According to the invite cited by the newspaper, $100,000 buys a photo opportunity with Trump and lunch, while $250,000 includes a roundtable discussion. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Equinox, SoulCycle Distance Themselves From Chairman's Trump Fundraiser," 7 Aug. 2019 Although Winter isn’t technically the first dog (The president and first lady aren’t known to have any pets), the pup likely holds an open invite to the South Lawn. Kasondra Van Treeck,, "Ivanka Trump’s new dog has people talking. Here’s a look at other presidential pups.," 24 July 2019 Participants who will receive the invites via e-mail or the Starbucks mobile app get half off any espresso beverage between 3 p.m. and closing time. Zlati Meyer, USA TODAY, "Happy Hour returns to Starbucks, but only if you're invited," 27 Mar. 2018 Once again the belle of the night was Dede Wilsey, who did not appear to be suffering from being mocked by local Democratic operatives for her name showing up on a Trump fundraiser invite. Willie Brown,, "Pundits laugh at Andrew Yang. Regular people don’t," 14 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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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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