Definition of invoice in English:



  • A list of goods sent or services provided, with a statement of the sum due for these; a bill.

    • ‘The facility to design, produce, and distribute invoices, payrolls, pension statements or council tax bills, is also part of the company's one-stop shop approach to business processes.’
    • ‘When I started in business, I didn't know the difference between an invoice and a statement.’
    • ‘I am asking you one more time to put all of the invoices and statements together.’
    • ‘If they're trying to reach the general public and fall on their face with loads of credit card bills and unpaid invoices, then it is merely art, an expressive flight of fancy.’
    • ‘I've sent an invoice, statements, reminders, and a final demand which I delivered in person.’
    • ‘He asks who will review the invoices and write the checks, what days of the month checks are written, and, on large residential projects, whether there's a business manager or accountant involved.’
    • ‘In addition, enterprises should also be renationalized when the management is unable to pay the bills, including invoices, salaries, and taxes.’
    • ‘It was also consistent with the practice of the time in assigning cargo to captains complete with written instructions, invoices, and bills of lading to ensure agreement on what was received and delivered.’
    • ‘‘I just said fine, send me the invoice, I'll pay for it,’ he says.’
    • ‘By Wednesday, word was filtering through that the department's extensive investigations showed no paper trail of invoices, bills or other relevant documents.’
    • ‘He controlled a string of firms, which sent thousands of bogus invoices to hospitals for the services of locum doctors.’
    • ‘Parents appreciated not having monthly tuition payments altered, and the invoice provided clear documentation of the expenses incurred throughout the year.’
    • ‘Confirmation letters will be sent on receipt of booking and receipted invoices will be sent on receipt of payment, which must be made before the event.’
    • ‘This master file then automatically generates key documents such as commercial invoices, packing lists, bills of exchange, and beneficiary certificates in minutes.’
    • ‘The trend to email is not just affecting personal communications though, some business are already beginning to opt to send electronic copies of invoices and statements in preference to hardcopy.’
    • ‘You can even request to see the factory invoice, which lists manufacturer-to-dealer incentives and rebates.’
    • ‘Some studies examine the differences between third-party invoices and customer bills.’
    • ‘I am sitting here deep in paperwork, urgent invoices, to do list that is longer than my arm because I had last week off work.’
    • ‘Many different electronic and imaged documents might exist for a single customer: invoices, bills of shipping, activity reports, data mining graphs.’
    • ‘They are to provide proper identification, supply invoices or letters from suppliers or their passports proving that they travelled abroad to purchase merchandise.’
    bill, account, statement, statement of charges, itemization, reckoning, tally
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  • 1Send an invoice to (someone).

    • ‘In one area of my work - the ailing tourism and agriculture sectors, I haven't invoiced anyone for two-and-a-half years.’
    • ‘I do know that if she keeps printing my words I shall have to start invoicing her for doing so.’
    • ‘Documents obtained show that he invoiced a named director of the Park Development Company for £600 in December.’
    • ‘I just invoiced him so let's see if it actually gets paid since daddy writes the checks!’
    • ‘I may, however, invoice her for 10,500 CDs the first time she asks me to co-sign a loan.’
    • ‘If it is an issue, invoice me for the trip and I will send you an account for the full amount of my professional fees.’
    • ‘The victim would then assume it was a mistake by the ‘company’ who invoiced him and just ignore the invoice.’
    • ‘In the finance department a clerk sat giving a patient explanation to a group of girls on the process of invoicing a client.’
    • ‘We expect to be paid £1.3m in March to cover the cost of equipment but the order will be completed only in August and the manufacturer will then invoice us for that amount.’
    • ‘Getting suppliers to invoice you electronically will also cut down on the paper blizzard and reduce the cost of acquiring information.’
    • ‘This is just an opportunity for lawyers to invoice someone.’
    • ‘They required paying in cash (no surprises there), but Bill's mum had told Bill's dad that they would invoice us.’
    • ‘One, from mid-March, tells me to hot-foot it back with the books or else they'll invoice me for them.’
    • ‘I'll be invoicing them for the additional charge incurred this weekend.’
    • ‘If your last date turned out to be a non-prospect, try invoicing her for half the cost.’
    • ‘Following a conversation with the appellant, the respondent had invoiced him for £350 and been paid that sum.’
    • ‘Mr Gurney said that Mr Ellis had invoiced him for £25,000 for the introduction.’
    • ‘In contrast a few weeks ago I had a silly mess up, where British Gas invoiced me for a CO2 detector.’
    • ‘The company will accept your letter as an order to produce the detailed specification and will invoice you on completion of this work whether or not your scheme progresses to the execution stage.’
    • ‘We will invoice him our European retail price without tax.’
    bill, charge, debit, send an bill to, send an invoice to
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    1. 1.1 Send an invoice for (goods or services provided).
      • ‘Norman had falsified invoices to purported service providers.’
      • ‘Cassidy invoiced MC for consultancy services in finding labour purportedly supplied by the 11 alleged sub-contractors who were the subject of the first and second frauds.’
      • ‘The Carrier would invoice the Companies for the freight services provided.’
      • ‘Ebsco Online's pay-per-view service now includes a ghost card feature that permits invoicing at the organizational level for articles purchased by library patrons.’
      • ‘Tillingdale invoiced O'Leary €28,603 for services provided in the course of its business and made payments of €475,940 on his behalf during the year.’
      • ‘The amount to be invoiced in respect of Hok Sport's services during the then current phase of work was further discussed at the Anaheim meetings in April 1997.’
      • ‘The stamp from the customs and excise division would accompany all invoices for exports to the United States for goods traded under the arrangement.’
      • ‘On August 18,they invoiced Duncan Design for $5,250.00 for architectural services.’
      • ‘A one-time purchase eliminates the ongoing invoicing of a rental service.’
      • ‘The plaintiff submits it was not paid the $33,000 invoiced for site services, nor was it paid $10, 200 for wiring and telephone lines, plus other amounts owing.’
      • ‘One player has been invoiced for post-match sandwiches that he ordered on room service more than two years ago.’
      • ‘Services will be invoiced bi-monthly following performance of the services together with travel and living expenses, if applicable and are due and payable within 30 days of invoice date.’
      • ‘It is from those links that the customer derives the right to have transactions effected, even if they are invoiced as services provided to the bank and also alter the bank's financial situation.’
      • ‘The expatriate can, for example, use the company for the import and export of goods for commercial purposes, and for invoicing for their services.’
      • ‘In the north - east of Scotland this means that 2500 companies invoice BP for services, although 95% of this total is just over 300 companies.’


Mid 16th century: originally the plural of obsolete invoy, from obsolete French envoy from envoyer ‘send’ (see envoy).