Pronunciation Verb

invite (invites, present participle inviting; past and past participle invited)

  1. (transitive) To ask for the presence or participation of someone or something.
    We invited our friends round for dinner.
  2. (transitive) To request formally.
    I invite you all to be seated.
  3. (transitive) To encourage.
    I always invite criticism of my definitions.
    Wearing that skimpy dress, you are bound to invite attention.
    • 1902, Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt's Second State of the Union Address
      The refusal to maintain such a navy would invite trouble, and if trouble came would insure disaster.
  4. (transitive) To allure; to draw to; to tempt to come; to induce by pleasure or hope; to attract.
    • 1634 October 9 (first performance), [John Milton], H[enry] Lawes, editor, A Maske Presented at Ludlow Castle, 1634: […] [Comus], London: Printed [by Augustine Matthews] for Hvmphrey Robinson, […], published 1637, OCLC 228715864 ↗; reprinted as Comus: […] (Dodd, Mead & Company’s Facsimile Reprints of Rare Books; Literature Series; no. I), New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1903, OCLC 1113942837 ↗:
      to inveigle and invite th' unwary sense
    • shady groves, that easy sleep invite
    • There no delusive hope invites despair.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: convidar
  • Russian: проси́ть
Pronunciation Noun

invite (plural invites)

  1. (informal) An invitation.

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