Definitions

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

  • transitive v. To ask for the presence or participation of: invite friends to dinner; invite writers to a conference.
  • transitive v. To request formally: invited us to be seated.
  • transitive v. To welcome; encourage: invite questions from the audience.
  • transitive v. To tend to bring on; provoke: "Divisions at home would invite dangers from abroad” ( John Jay).
  • transitive v. To entice; tempt.
  • n. Informal An invitation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To ask for the presence or participation of someone or something.
  • v. To request formally.
  • v. To encourage.
  • n. An invitation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To give invitation.
  • transitive v. To ask; to request; to bid; to summon; to ask to do some act, or go to some place; esp., to ask to an entertainment or visit; to request the company of.
  • transitive v. To allure; to draw to; to tempt to come; to induce by pleasure or hope; to attract.
  • transitive v. To give occasion for.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To solicit to come, attend, or do something; request the presence, company, or action of; summon because of desire, favor, or courtesy: as, to invite a friend to dinner; to invite one to dance.
  • To present allurement or incitement to; draw on or induce by temptation; solicit; incite.
  • Synonyms Convoke, Bid, etc. See call.
  • To offer invitation or enticement; attract.
  • n. An invitation.

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

  • v. increase the likelihood of
  • v. request the participation or presence of
  • v. ask someone in a friendly way to do something
  • n. a colloquial expression for invitation
  • v. invite someone to one's house
  • v. give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
  • v. express willingness to have in one's home or environs
  • v. ask to enter
  • v. have as a guest

Etymologies

French inviter, from Old French, from Latin invītāre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from Latin invītō. (Wiktionary)

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