- 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.
A couple invite us to their wedding.
transitive verbinvited, inviting
- 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 of inviteFrench inviter ; from Classical Latin invitare ; from in-, in- + 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
transitive verbin·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 of inviteFrench inviter, from Old French, from Latin invītāre; see wei&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present invites, present participle inviting, simple past and past participle invited)
- To ask for the presence or participation of someone or something.
- We invited our friends round for dinner.
- To request formally.
- I invite you all to be seated.
- To encourage.
- I always invite criticism of my definitions.
- Wearing that skimpy dress, you are bound to invite attention.
- To allure; to draw to; to tempt to come; to induce by pleasure or hope; to attract.
- (informal) An invitation.