Definition of invite in US English:



[with object]
Pronunciation /inˈvīt//ɪnˈvaɪt/
  • 1Make a polite, formal, or friendly request to (someone) to go somewhere or to do something.

    ‘we were invited to a dinner at the Embassy’
    with object and infinitive ‘she invited Patrick to sit down’
    • ‘Quite a few years ago I was invited to spend a weekend with a friend of my sister's and a few buddies.’
    • ‘If you are invited to get involved as you probably will be, your help will be much appreciated.’
    • ‘During his extended stay he was invited to join a magical ceremony, where the music and dancing went on all night.’
    • ‘We were invited to interact with them or sit back and enjoy what they were sharing.’
    • ‘So we were invited to watch one of the One Day internationals and then have a drink with the players afterwards in the bar.’
    • ‘"To borrow someone's phrase - elections are not about inviting guests for meals.’
    • ‘He was invited to the Jubilee Centre, Bernice Street by a neighbour and dropped in unannounced.’
    • ‘We had lunch out this afternoon and then this evening we were invited to supper at Andreas and Peppa's house.’
    • ‘You are invited to anonymously contribute a secret to the PostSecret project.’
    • ‘I will also be sending out emails, inviting various tech firms, thought leaders, and researchers to jump in.’
    • ‘After a few minutes of interrogation and searches, his tone changed, and we were invited to sit down.’
    • ‘She also claimed that he organised meals and parties to which she was invited to network and meet people.’
    • ‘You are invited to come along and have a cuppa, where you will meet old friends, and make new ones.’
    • ‘She was invited to sit on the mat spread on the earthen floor, in front of the bench.’
    • ‘So when he was invited to stage a new Swan Lake for Pennsylvania Ballet he admits he really enjoyed being his own man.’
    • ‘At the beginning of the week I was invited to do something with my friend in Barrie.’
    • ‘But I was invited to join some of my friends, and they will give me a ride home later.’
    • ‘I was invited to read some of it at School Assembly and after that my stutter went.’
    • ‘We were invited to stay in people's houses, our bikes stabled with the oxen and sheep.’
    • ‘I was once invited to help a group of people in a rehabilitation centre write and then perform a play.’
    ask, bid, summon
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    1. 1.1 Make a formal or polite request for (something, especially an application for a job or opinions on a particular topic) from someone.
      • ‘Balance, the Volume Editor hopes, has here been achieved by inviting contributors who apply both imagination and common sense to their material.’
      • ‘Later in the year, the Revenue will begin writing to people who are currently receiving one of the existing tax credits, inviting them to apply for the new ones.’
      • ‘We have a formal where we invite every alum whose ever been through to come back.’
      • ‘Due to maternity leave we are inviting applications for the post of Temporary Playgroup Assistant.’
      • ‘The Council is one of the first to set up commissioning bodies which invite groups to apply to provide services.’
      • ‘A number of obstacles has led to delays in filling the post, but the union is now inviting applications from suitable candidates.’
      • ‘The site invites children to e-mail questions about the online crossword puzzles.’
      • ‘In pleading guilty and inviting death by firing squad the narrator is at least making a stand.’
      • ‘For the first time, virtually every candidate has their own Internet website and is inviting voters to email questions.’
      • ‘We invite readers to put their questions so they can attend a question time session during his visit to the city.’
      • ‘Voters in Rochford and Southend East have received unsolicited letters inviting them to apply to be a postal voter.’
      • ‘They are questions which we would invite your Lordship to certify as questions of general public importance.’
      • ‘This paper asks many questions and invites the listeners to question their own beliefs.’
      • ‘Next week they'll have an interview with Pantano, and they're inviting readers to submit questions.’
      • ‘The Custom House Artists Studios are now inviting artists to apply for studio spaces to commence next year.’
      • ‘Two days after the spill, Morral held a town meeting in a nearby school, inviting townspeople to ask questions.’
      • ‘A handout of questions for small-group discussion invites conversations in small groups.’
      • ‘There is essentially a new filter in the application process, because the Government is inviting people to apply.’
      • ‘Gaveling the hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee to order, the chairman invites the attorney general to make his opening remarks.’
      • ‘In light of the recent statement from the IRA, we are inviting readers to pose questions for the parties regarding their response.’
      ask for, request, call for, look for, appeal for, solicit, seek, petition, summon
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    2. 1.2 (of an action or situation) tend to elicit (a particular reaction or response) or to tempt (someone) to do something.
      ‘his use of the word did little but invite criticism’
      • ‘The case invites the Court to revisit the breadth of constitutionally protected privacy and the status of homosexuality in our legal system.’
      • ‘After a moment, David became more demanding, inviting more of a response from Carrie.’
      • ‘By 1865, to paint the circle of Manet and Fantin was to invite more criticism for the group.’
      • ‘Wood certainly does not intend to invite a dry, studious response.’
      • ‘Watt's paintings of antique fabric especially invite such a variety of responses.’
      • ‘Perhaps we should invite those who criticise and abuse with little provocation?’
      • ‘I mean this is provocative statements that are inviting a counter reaction from the government, and now she got it.’
      • ‘Slavery depended on force, inviting the enslaved to answer with resistance.’
      • ‘I didn't think to myself it would invite more criticism, which I definitely should have thought.’
      • ‘The films he made look simple at first glance, yet already invite a more complicated response.’
      • ‘Thus, consistent with Newton's famous law, lousy management invites an equal and opposing reaction.’
      • ‘I don't often use my bell as it seems impatient and may invite further criticism’
      • ‘This would invite or ignite horrible reaction in the Middle East.’
      • ‘Piloting will provide a guide for rephrasing questions to invite a richer response.’
      • ‘In fact in some instances they may invite more criticism than praise.’
      • ‘They also possess a crisp beauty that invites an immediate retinal response, even if their content steers the viewer away from any purely formalist reading.’
      • ‘It invites the Court to make a punitive order as to costs against the ‘person’ whose conduct has been improper.’
      • ‘But determining its place within a general taxonomy invites a further step.’
      • ‘This situation invites the view that the evolution of higher taxes was driven by changes in single major genes that acted as switches between such alternate forms.’
      • ‘That is because too much predictability in the name of transparency weakens control by the gaming responses it invites.’
      cause, induce, provoke, create, generate, engender, foster, encourage, lead to, call forth, make happen
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Pronunciation /ˈɪnvaɪt//ˈinvīt/
  • An invitation.

    • ‘These stylishly funky e-mail invites have great graphics, most with sound clips and animations.’
    • ‘No matter how pretty the design on the invites be sure that your invitation list is full of names that you want to have round you on the day, you say I DO’
    • ‘The demand for invites was so high that three - instead of the scheduled two - screens were booked for the red carpet screening.’
    • ‘The invites only stand for those aged between 18-45.’
    • ‘My e-mail inbox was littered with invites to new bars and restaurants, product launches at the Bo Concept store, and drinks promotions.’
    • ‘They were presented with lifetime achievement awards by the Pace Charitable Trust which is making it a habit to come up with off-beat invites.’
    • ‘But before you book the talent, hire the heli, and print up those premiere-party invites, you need to acquire the right equipment.’
    • ‘Breast screening invites are sent to all women aged between 50 and 65 every three years.’
    • ‘My main priority now is to gain some invites and build up the experience I'm going to need to make it happen on the golf course at this new level.’
    • ‘The bride was in charge of the invites, and the groom the banquet seating arrangements.’
    • ‘Avoid invites to chat, filter out annoying invitations for Meetup, birthday parties, or after-hours get-togethers.’
    • ‘More than 400 invites were sent out to families who have dealt with the Manchester Road funeral directors over the past 18 months and more than 200 replies have been sent back.’
    • ‘Every so often, when business seems slow, they send out last-minute invites to come see that evening's show for free if you just pay the two-drink minimum.’
    • ‘Yeah, I know about the Baccinalia stuff which is why I went for more of an invite than a full-on summoning.’
    • ‘Espion subscribers also get neat features like text messaging, and can receive promotional messages offering them shopping discounts and club invites.’
    • ‘It's a bit late to be sending out fancy little invites.’
    • ‘However, the band has had invites flooding in since their comeback gig and are currently deciding where they will play next.’
    • ‘We miss each other terribly and it promises to be a good time. I also have a lot of other invites and I should try to spend part of this weekend visiting with old friends.’
    • ‘Recently there was a highly advertised seminar, with special invites to publicans, concerning the Equal Status Act, to help them deal with these issues.’
    • ‘Not that most reporters get those invites, only those covering politics and the major federal agencies can play, Health reporters stay home.’
    request, call, bidding, summons
    invitation, request, call, bidding, summons
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Mid 16th century: from Old French inviter, or from Latin invitare.