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

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Other Words from inviting

invitingly adverb

Examples of inviting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Few dining rooms are as cozy and inviting as this one. Nick Kindelsperger,, "The 25 best pizzas in Chicago — from scrappy newcomers to beloved classics," 7 Oct. 2020 Pence’s role as chairman of the White House coronavirus task force will be an inviting target for Harris. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Is vice presidential debate really a presidential job interview for the septuagenarians’ seconds?," 6 Oct. 2020 The Hayward Rolled Arm Chair has a similarly inviting but tidy form. Kathryn O’shea-evans, WSJ, "How to Create a Cozy, Classic American Living Room," 25 Sep. 2020 This problem is simply stated, easily understood, and all too inviting. Quanta Magazine, "The Simple Math Problem We Still Can’t Solve," 22 Sep. 2020 Outside, a wraparound porch delivers an inviting and classic feel to the home. Star Tribune, "Home plan: Living large in small spaces," 18 Sep. 2020 The instructors, Meadow Presley and Veronica Rojas, had gone to great lengths to make the classes playful and inviting. Dan Piepenbring, The New Yorker, "How a Revered Studio for Artists with Disabilities Is Surviving at a Distance," 24 Sep. 2020 Don’t expect that to slow in autumn, with its inviting weather and scene. Bob Timmons Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Play this fall: Ideas for where to hike, roll, run, camp, and more," 24 Sep. 2020 Fall is officially in the air, which means everyone is breaking out all of their favorite sweaters and always walking around with a warm and inviting beverage in hand. Alex Darus, cleveland, "9 fall drinks to make at home," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of inviting

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of inviting was in 1604

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13 Oct 2020

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“Inviting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce inviting (audio)

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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