Definition of invitation in English:



  • 1A written or verbal request inviting someone to go somewhere or to do something.

    ‘a wedding invitation’
    • ‘Sometimes it is by invitation and sometimes by people coming forward.’
    • ‘I was brought in at the invitation of the Marr brothers and given a place on the board in return for restructuring the company.’
    • ‘Maybe it is time that invitation was again extended to the town councillors.’
    • ‘His brother sent out printed wedding invitations with the auspicious swastika symbol.’
    • ‘One day little sister called and asked me to come over to check the wedding invitations.’
    • ‘Fontaine said he is pleased Scott responded so quickly to the assembly's invitation.’
    • ‘With neither fame nor letters of invitation, they had to ask friends for help.’
    • ‘Places for the event are limited, and invitations must be requested in advance.’
    • ‘He went on to say that another invitation for a meeting was made in February, which again fell on deaf ears.’
    • ‘He gets invitations to write articles for his local paper on the horrors of war.’
    • ‘A surprise guest on the night was Santa Claus at the invitation of the parents association.’
    • ‘You are supposed to accept every invitation which comes your way, in a spirit of communal egalitarianism.’
    • ‘Well, I just hate being alone, maybe I will go to a party if there is any invitation.’
    • ‘Some dishonest employees have even sent out their wedding invitations at the expense of the company.’
    • ‘Remaining patients were sent written invitations to participate in the study.’
    • ‘All Senior Citizens from Clogh and Moneenroe will receive invitations this week.’
    • ‘Thence to my Lord Bruncker's by invitation and dined there, and so home.’
    • ‘Had we known before, we could have done something about limiting the guest list before sending out invitations.’
    • ‘There has been a very positive feedback to the initial overseas invitations.’
    • ‘Nearing end of queue, security official inspects invitation and notes no texta mark on back.’
    request, call, bidding, summons
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    1. 1.1mass noun The action of inviting someone to go somewhere or to do something.
      ‘a club with membership by invitation only’
      ‘a herb garden where guests can only go at the invitation of the chef’
      • ‘The club has an eclectic international membership and is by invitation only.’
      • ‘Its credo is simple: you should say ‘yes’ to every invitation that comes your way.’
      • ‘Both visits were at the invitation of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation.’
      • ‘Admission to tomorrow's 7.30 pm performance at Silsden Town Hall is by invitation only.’
      • ‘The Prime Minister's office said no invitation was received, something James said is not true.’
      • ‘It would be before the Judiciary Committee in the Senate to make that invitation.’
      • ‘Guests had to hand over any camera phones on the door to maintain the players' privacy and the exclusive party was by invitation only.’
      • ‘Membership to the exclusive European-style restaurant is strictly by invitation only.’
      • ‘Passi was on a three-day official visit to Denmark at the invitation of his colleague Moeller.’
      • ‘Breakfast is at the invitation of our attendants - pita bread, olives, hummus, hot tea.’
      • ‘In Tehran I sang and she danced at the invitation of the Shah and Farah Deeba to celebrate the birth of the crown prince.’
      • ‘Open to visitors by invitation only, the week has been planned primarily as a business event.’
      • ‘Di Lullo noted that the board is generally not open and that invitation is required to sit at board meetings.’
      • ‘Attendance at the school of excellence was by in invitation only, and they only selected players deemed to be elite.’
      • ‘Not all Hyderabad cousins can watch their show for it is on invitation only.’
      • ‘The trio came to Bulgaria at the invitation of the Polish Institute in Sofia.’
      • ‘The collection will include some of the cars which completed the London to Brighton race last year and is by invitation only.’
      • ‘Membership was by invitation only and restricted to the most promising young men.’
      • ‘The service which began at 1pm was made invitation only because of the huge numbers of people who wanted to pay their respects.’
      • ‘The next circle was the rest of the loyal audience - party members and supporters, attending by invitation only.’
    2. 1.2in singular A situation or action that tempts someone to do something or makes a particular outcome likely.
      ‘tactics like those of the colonel would have been an invitation to disaster’
      • ‘Any open space, it seemed, carried an invitation to dump something in it.’
      • ‘And headliner Nadeem Siddique has welcomed the invitation to attract more female fans.’
      • ‘The application for no case was effectively an invitation to determine the case finally.’
      • ‘Teen drivers need to understand that irresponsible driving on the street is simply an invitation to disaster.’
      • ‘For their part, the Texans were enticed by the invitation to own a piece of the fixed casino that is the UK power market.’
      • ‘But more than anything else, it is an invitation to the artist in each one of us to test our drawing skills on paper.’
      • ‘He grinned, taking that as an invitation to enter and pulled a chair over to her bed.’
      • ‘It is also an invitation to all those bothersome insect pests, which bite and annoy us, to join in on the activities.’
      • ‘The impasse is an invitation to Ferdinand's suitors to make a bid.’
      • ‘This is no lesson in morality, but an invitation to seduction.’
      • ‘In effect, this was an invitation to use the expert testimony well beyond general context and background.’
      • ‘Flimflam is not mere deception but an invitation to be entertained by deception.’
      • ‘Doors and windows left open during the warm summer weather are an invitation to the opportunist thief.’
      • ‘The car kept interpreting the lightest brush of foot against pedal as an invitation to perform an emergency stop.’
      • ‘It was an open invitation to be pulled over over by any cop who saw him, which was exactly how he was busted.’
      • ‘Building a house just 100 metres away from the sea is a sure invitation to disaster waiting to happen!’
      • ‘It was an invitation to his beleaguered opponent, but Hewitt might as well have been meaning the delivery of the championship.’
      • ‘To be fair, this exhortation is not simply an invitation to be greedy.’
      • ‘That is because changing the law would not only be an invitation to vigilantism but would run counter to the whole ethos of the common law tradition.’
      • ‘On the surface it seems like an open invitation to getting ripped off but in some cases the system can work for people.’
      encouragement, provocation, temptation, lure, magnet, bait, enticement, attraction, draw, pull, allure
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Late Middle English: from French, or from Latin invitatio(n-), from invitare (see invite).