Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of inviting.
  • n. A spoken or written request for someone's presence or participation.
  • n. An allurement, enticement, or attraction.
  • n. See altar call.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of inviting; solicitation; the requesting of a person's company; as, an invitation to a party, to a dinner, or to visit a friend.
  • n. A document written or printed, or spoken words, conveying the message by which one is invited.
  • n. Allurement; enticement.
  • n. A line that is intentionally left open to encourage the opponent to attack.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of inviting; solicitation; the requesting of a person's company.
  • n. A document written or printed, or spoken words, conveying the message by which one is invited.
  • n. Allurement; enticement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of inviting; solicitation to come, attend, or take part; an intimation of desire for the presence, company, or action of the person invited: as, an invitation to a wedding; an invitation to sing.
  • n. The written or spoken form with which a person is invited.
  • n. A drawing on by allurement or enticement; inducement; attraction; incitement.
  • n. In the Anglican communion office, the brief exhortation beginning “Ye that (or who) do truly and earnestly repent you,” and introducing the confession.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
  • n. a tempting allurement

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Examples

  • But it is no occasion for vanity when one recalls the invitation from the farmer to his son's school-teacher.

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  • I've been keeping track of what I call my invitation stream for a few weeks now and am impressed with just how many social networks there are.

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  • I've been keeping track of what I call my invitation stream for a few weeks now and am impressed with just how many social networks there are. ...

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  • I received an invitation from the local chapter of my coaching institute to hear from a “Peace Pilgrim”, a young man who has dedicated his life to traveling from community to community (wherever he is invited to go) to learn and teach principles of peace and love.

    2009 February « Being En Pointe

  • But this Friday, Oct. 8 at 5: 45, I am thrilled to find myself waiting inside the doors of Central Synagogue, thanks to a personal invitation from the senior rabbi, Peter Rubinstein.

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  • Cuccinelli political director Noah Wall said the attorney general accepted the invitation from the group, one of dozens that have sprung up devoted to discussions of the constitution and broadly associated with the tea party movement.

    Cuccinelli to be featured speaker for constitution group

  • Michaele's earnest rooting through the car in search of a (non-existent) paper invitation is a bizarre sight for those who have followed this story closely.

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  • Three weeks after her husband's death, in answer to a cryptic invitation from a man she barely knew many years ago, she packs her bags and goes to him.

    Dora Levy Mossanen: Master of Dark Tales

  • Jonathan Freedland, writing in The Guardian, said "Obama deployed the one weapon no Israeli or Palestinian leader can resist: a direct invitation from the American president."

    Ira Chernus: U.S. Can Put the Squeeze on Israel

  • Description: Shaara/Klorel face a life-or-death trial (Hulu) or The iris brings surprise visitors to Starbase: the cat Schrödinger as sign of friendliness, next Narim, the Tollan admirer Sam gave him to, who brings a unique invitation from the curia, the highest Tollan authority (IMDB).

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