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 There’s no better way to make your home more inviting than with through scent. Nicole Briese, USA TODAY, "30 awesome gifts under $30 for everyone on your list," 20 Oct. 2020 Jagged volcanic peaks lord over crystal-clear lagoons as warm and inviting as a toddler’s bath. Alison Humes And Matthew King, WSJ, "Should You Travel Abroad During Covid— and Where Can You Go?," 16 Oct. 2020 After hanging the basket, make your fall front door even more inviting by arranging chairs or stools around the front stoop. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "7 Inviting Ideas for Fall Door Decor That Go Beyond Wreaths," 22 Sep. 2020 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

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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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25 Oct 2020

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“Inviting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 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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