in·​vit·​ing | \ in-ˈvī-tiŋ How to pronounce inviting (audio) \

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Other Words from inviting

invitingly adverb

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Given my past experiences, this doesn’t seem like a very inviting place. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "No Man’s Sky travel diary: the final entry," 29 Aug. 2018 Sweeping views of the ByWard Market below, and Canada’s Parliament and the Ottawa River beyond, were the room’s most inviting feature of all. New York Times, "An Ottawa Hotel Is an Ode to Canada," 2 June 2018 The refresh includes a more inviting lobby with panoramic views of the ocean. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Hotel renovations: Properties in Nashville, Utah, Colorado get major upgrades," 30 May 2018 Interurban Boathouse Chef Christine McCabe has come out of the alley and into a bright and inviting place. Ina Pinkney,, "Interurban Boathouse, Frunchroom and Coffee Joint: Ina's best bets for breakfast this month," 23 May 2018 The former 11th-rounder (Nova Southeastern, 2013) was coming off his worst season as a pro (.708) OPS after blasting 15 homers and driving in 101 runs in 2014, but Triple-A El Paso proved an inviting scene for a fresh start. Jeff Sanders,, "Padres roster review: Carlos Asuaje," 4 Dec. 2017 Soften things up with rich woods on countertops, leather upholstery in your dining set, and moody hues at the base of the island, and suddenly the kitchen is the most inviting room in the home. Amanda Smith, ELLE Decor, "16 Accents and Finishes for a Timeless Kitchen," 17 Apr. 2018 The playground also is overrun on weekends, and consultants are studying how to make the park’s corners more inviting entrances, particularly on the east side facing the new plaza space in front of the convention center. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Discovery Green marks 10th anniversary," 15 Apr. 2018 Any recipe that begins with instructions to don thick rubber gloves for protection is just not very inviting. Melissa Clark, New York Times, "A Chef’s Advice for Relaxation: Stir Some Risotto," 13 Apr. 2018

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1604, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of inviting

: attractive in a way that makes you want to do something, go somewhere, be near someone, etc.


in·​vit·​ing | \ in-ˈvī-tiŋ\

Kids Definition of inviting

: attractive sense 1 The houses looked warm and inviting with wreaths and holly …— Eleanor Estes, The Hundred Dresses

Other Words from inviting

invitingly adverb

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