- To invite is defined as to make a request for or encourage something.
- An example of to invite is asking someone to come over for dinner.
- An example of to invite is a speaker urging an audience to ask questions.
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- to ask courteously to come somewhere or do something; request the presence or participation of
- to make a request for: to invite questions
- to tend to bring on; give occasion for: action that invites scandal
- to tempt; allure; entice
Origin: Fr inviter from Classical Latin invitare from in-, in- plush uncertain or unknown; perhaps Indo-European base an unverified form wei-, to go directly toward, chase after from source Classical Latin via and amp; Old English wæthan, to hunt
- invitee noun
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transitive verb in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing, in·vites
- To ask for the presence or participation of: invite friends to dinner; invite writers to a conference.
- To request formally: invited us to be seated.
- To welcome; encourage: invite questions from the audience.
- To tend to bring on; provoke: “Divisions at home would invite dangers from abroad” (John Jay).
- To entice; tempt.
Origin: French inviter, from Old French, from Latin invītāre; see weiə- in Indo-European roots.