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Other Words from inviting

invitingly adverb

Examples of inviting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The stone fireplace, wet bar, built-ins and hardwood floors make the space functional, warm and inviting. cleveland, 8 Oct. 2021 But warming winters have made the Northeast, where there are large sections of uninterrupted hemlock forest, more inviting to invasive species. Zoya Teirstein, Wired, 14 Aug. 2021 For a good night's sleep, few things in life are as inviting as a comforter. Better Homes & Gardens, 13 Aug. 2021 Her father is a prominent figure in the Korean Vegan universe — in fact, family stories are a pillar of her TikTok, as important and inviting as the food. Steph Cha, Los Angeles Times, 1 Aug. 2021 The attack was awful, but not surprising given that President Biden had outsourced external security at the airport to the Taliban, and the chaos and the crowds — often waiting outside the gates for days — inevitably made for an inviting target. The Editors, National Review, 27 Aug. 2021 Such lanes are considered adequate for experienced cyclists but are less inviting to younger and older riders. Steven Litt, cleveland, 24 June 2021 This resort, part of the AMI Locals Luxury Vacation Rentals portfolio, has cozy yet bright interiors and the exterior central space has a very inviting tropical vibe. Judy Koutsky, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 Tomorrow is a new day and the horizon looks very inviting. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 4 Apr. 2021

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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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“Inviting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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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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