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tr.v. in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing, in·vites
1. To ask for the presence or participation of: invite friends to dinner; invite writers to a conference.
2. To request formally: invited us to be seated.
3. To welcome; encourage: invite questions from the audience.
4. To tend to bring on; provoke: "Divisions at home would invite dangers from abroad" (John Jay).
5. To entice; tempt.
n. (ĭn′vīt′) Informal
An invitation.

[French inviter, from Old French, from Latin invītāre; see weiə- in Indo-European roots.]
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vb (tr)
1. to ask (a person or persons) in a friendly or polite way (to do something, attend an event, etc): he invited them to dinner.
2. to make a request for, esp publicly or formally: to invite applications.
3. to bring on or provoke; give occasion for: you invite disaster by your actions.
4. to welcome or tempt
an informal word for invitation
[C16: from Latin invītāre to invite, entertain, from in-2 + -vītāre, probably related to Greek hiesthai to be desirous of]
inˈviter n
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(v. ɪnˈvaɪt; n. ˈɪn vaɪt)

v. -vit•ed, -vit•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to request the presence or participation of in a kindly or courteous way: to invite friends to dinner.
2. to request politely or formally: to invite donations.
3. to act so as to bring on or render probable: to invite trouble.
4. to call forth or give occasion for: Those big shoes invite laughter.
5. to attract, allure, entice, or tempt.
6. to give invitation; offer attractions or allurements.
7. Informal. an invitation.
[1525–35; < Latin invītāre to entertain, offer shelter, invite]
in•vi•tee (ˌɪn vɪˈti, -vaɪ-) n.
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- Comes from Latin invitare, from an Indo-European root meaning "to go after something, pursue with vigor, desire."
See also related terms for pursuit.
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If you invite someone to a party or a meal, you ask them to come to it.

The Lees invited me to dinner.
He invited her to a party.

Be Careful!
Don't say 'He invited her a party'. You must use to.

You can also invite someone for a meal.

My new neighbors invited me for lunch on Sunday.

You can invite someone to do something that you think they will enjoy.

He invited Axel to come to the concert with him.
I invited my friends to stay one weekend.

Be Careful!
Don't say that you 'invite someone for doing' something.


1. 'offer'

If you offer something to someone, you ask them if they would like to have it or use it.

He offered me a chocolate. I shook my head.
2. 'give'

If you put something in someone's hand expecting them to take it, and they do take it, don't say that you 'offer' it to them. You say that you give it to them.

She gave Minnie the keys.
He gave me a red jewellery box.
3. 'offer to'

If you offer to do something, you say that you are willing to do it.

He offered to take her home in a taxi.
I offered to answer any questions.
4. 'invite'

If someone asks you to do something that they think you will want to do, don't say that they 'offer' you to do it. You say that they invite you to do it.

I was invited to attend future meetings.
She invited me to come for dinner.
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Past participle: invited
Gerund: inviting

I invite
you invite
he/she/it invites
we invite
you invite
they invite
I invited
you invited
he/she/it invited
we invited
you invited
they invited
Present Continuous
I am inviting
you are inviting
he/she/it is inviting
we are inviting
you are inviting
they are inviting
Present Perfect
I have invited
you have invited
he/she/it has invited
we have invited
you have invited
they have invited
Past Continuous
I was inviting
you were inviting
he/she/it was inviting
we were inviting
you were inviting
they were inviting
Past Perfect
I had invited
you had invited
he/she/it had invited
we had invited
you had invited
they had invited
I will invite
you will invite
he/she/it will invite
we will invite
you will invite
they will invite
Future Perfect
I will have invited
you will have invited
he/she/it will have invited
we will have invited
you will have invited
they will have invited
Future Continuous
I will be inviting
you will be inviting
he/she/it will be inviting
we will be inviting
you will be inviting
they will be inviting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been inviting
you have been inviting
he/she/it has been inviting
we have been inviting
you have been inviting
they have been inviting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been inviting
you will have been inviting
he/she/it will have been inviting
we will have been inviting
you will have been inviting
they will have been inviting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been inviting
you had been inviting
he/she/it had been inviting
we had been inviting
you had been inviting
they had been inviting
I would invite
you would invite
he/she/it would invite
we would invite
you would invite
they would invite
Past Conditional
I would have invited
you would have invited
he/she/it would have invited
we would have invited
you would have invited
they would have invited
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.invite - a colloquial expression for invitationinvite - a colloquial expression for invitation; "he didn't get no invite to the party"
invitation - a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something; "an invitation to lunch"; "she threw the invitation away"
Verb1.invite - increase the likelihood ofinvite - increase the likelihood of; "ask for trouble"; "invite criticism"
arouse, elicit, evoke, provoke, enkindle, kindle, fire, raise - call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses); "arouse pity"; "raise a smile"; "evoke sympathy"
2.invite - invite someone to one's houseinvite - invite someone to one's house; "Can I invite you for dinner on Sunday night?"
call for, request, bespeak, quest - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
ask in, invite - ask to enter; "We invited the neighbors in for a cup of coffee"
3.invite - give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting; "the window displays tempted the shoppers"
stimulate, stir, shake up, excite, shake - stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of; "These stories shook the community"; "the civil war shook the country"
4.invite - ask someone in a friendly way to do somethinginvite - ask someone in a friendly way to do something
request - ask (a person) to do something; "She asked him to be here at noon"; "I requested that she type the entire manuscript"
allure, tempt - dispose or incline or entice to; "We were tempted by the delicious-looking food"
challenge - issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
5.invite - have as a guest; "I invited them to a restaurant"
interact - act together or towards others or with others; "He should interact more with his colleagues"
ask out, invite out, take out - make a date; "Has he asked you out yet?"
6.invite - ask to enterinvite - ask to enter; "We invited the neighbors in for a cup of coffee"
call for, request, bespeak, quest - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
call in - summon to enter; "The nurse called in the next patient"
ask over, ask round, invite - invite someone to one's house; "Can I invite you for dinner on Sunday night?"
7.invite - request the participation or presence of; "The organizers invite submissions of papers for the conference"
call for, request, bespeak, quest - express the need or desire for; ask for; "She requested an extra bed in her room"; "She called for room service"
8.invite - express willingness to have in one's home or environs; "The community warmly received the refugees"
welcome - receive someone, as into one's house
absorb - assimilate or take in; "The immigrants were quickly absorbed into society"
see - receive as a specified guest; "the doctor will see you now"; "The minister doesn't see anybody before noon"
assume - take up someone's soul into heaven; "This is the day when May was assumed into heaven"
induct - admit as a member; "We were inducted into the honor society"
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1. ask, bid, summon, request the pleasure of (someone's) company She invited him to her birthday party.
2. request, seek, look for, call for, ask for, bid for, appeal for, petition, solicit The Department is inviting applications from local groups.
3. encourage, attract, cause, draw, lead to, court, ask for (informal), generate, foster, tempt, provoke, induce, bring on, solicit, engender, allure, call forth, leave the door open to Their refusal to compromise will invite more criticism from the UN.
1. (Informal) invitation, call, request, bidding, summons They haven't got an invite to the wedding.
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1. To request that someone take part in or be present at a particular occasion:
2. To behave so as to bring on (danger, for example):
Informal. A spoken or written request for someone to take part or be present:
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يَدْعويَدْعُويَدْعو، يَطْلُب بأدَبيطلُب، يَدْعو
pozvatvyžádat sivyzvat
invitereopfordrebede omindbyde
bjóîaóska eftir
vyžiadať si
bjuda in


A. [ɪnˈvaɪt] VT
1. [+ person] → invitar; (esp to important celebration) → convidar
to invite sb to do sthinvitar a algn a hacer algo
to invite sb to dinner/lunchinvitar a algn a cenar/almorzar
to invite sb to have a drinkinvitar a algn a tomar algo
to invite sb in/upinvitar a algn a pasar/subir
to invite sb outinvitar a algn a salir
they invited me out to dinnerme invitaron a cenar (a un restaurante)
I've invited them over for drinkslos he invitado a tomar unas copas en casa
2. (= request) [+ opinions] → pedir; (more frm) → solicitar
they are inviting applications for the post ofhan abierto el plazo para recibir solicitudes para el puesto de ...
3. (= provoke) [+ discussion, ridicule] → provocar
to invite troublebuscarse problemas
to do so would be to invite defeathacer eso sería provocar la propia derrota
A invites comparison with BA nos induce a compararlo con B
she seems to invite staresparece que provoca las miradas de la gente
B. [ˈɪnvaɪt] Ninvitación f
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[+ guest] → inviter
He's not invited → Il n'est pas invité.
to invite sb to a party → inviter qn à une fête
I invited her for a coffee → Je l'ai invitée à prendre un café.
to invite sb to dinner → inviter qn à dîner
(= offer an opportunity to) to invite sb to do sth → inviter qn à faire qch
to invite sb to form a government → inviter qn à former un gouvernement
to invite criticism → alimenter les critiques
Their refusal to compromise will invite more criticism → Leur refus du compromis alimentera de nouveau les critiques.
to invite trouble [person] → se préparer des ennuis
An Englishman who generalises about Ireland invites trouble → Un Anglais qui généralise sur l'Irlande se prépare des ennuis.
[ˈɪnvaɪt] n (= invitation) → invite f
They haven't got an invite to the wedding → Ils n'ont pas d'invite pour la fête.
invite out
to invite sb out → inviter qn à une sortie
invite over
to invite sb over → inviter qn chez soi
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personeinladen; to invite somebody to do somethingjdn auffordern or bitten, etw zu tun; he invited me to try for myselfer bot mir an, es doch selbst zu versuchen
(= ask for, attract) suggestions, questionsbitten um; (behaviour) ridicule, contempt, troubleauslösen, führen zu; written in such a way as to invite further discussionso geschrieben, dass es zu weiteren Diskussionen auffordert; it invites comparison with another theoryder Vergleich mit einer anderen Theorie drängt sich auf; you’re inviting defeat by …das muss ja zu einer Niederlage führen, wenn du …; you’re inviting ridicule/criticismdu machst dich lächerlich/setzt dich der Kritik aus; he just seems to invite troublewo er auftaucht, gibt es meistens Unannehmlichkeiten; it invites thieveses lädt geradezu zum Diebstahl ein; invited lectureGastvorlesung f
n (inf)Einladung f
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[ɪnˈvaɪt] vt (person) to invite sb (to do)invitare qn (a fare); (subscriptions, applications) → sollecitare, richiedere (cortesemente); (opinions) → chiedere; (discussion) → invitare a; (ridicule) → provocare, suscitare; (disbelief) → incoraggiare
to invite sb to dinner → invitare qn a cena
to invite sb in/up → invitare qn a entrare/salire
to invite trouble → cercare guai
invite out vt + advinvitare fuori
he invited us out to dinner → ci ha invitato a cena fuori
invite over vt + advinvitare (a casa)
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(inˈvait) verb
1. to ask (a person) politely to come (eg to one's house, to a party etc). They have invited us to dinner tomorrow.
2. to ask (a person) politely to do something. He was invited to speak at the meeting.
3. to ask for (another person's suggestions etc). He invited proposals from members of the society.
invitation (inviˈteiʃən) noun
1. a (written) request to come or go somewhere. Have you received an invitation to their party?; We had to refuse the invitation to the wedding.
2. the act of inviting. He attended the committee meeting on the invitation of the chairman.
inˈviting adjective
(negative uninviting) attractive or tempting. There was an inviting smell coming from the kitchen.
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يَدْعُو pozvat invitere einladen προσκαλώ invitar kutsua inviter pozvati invitare 誘う 초대하다 uitnodigen invitere zaprosić convidar приглашать bjuda in เชิญ davet etmek mời 邀请
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His Dog availed himself of the occasion to invite a stranger Dog, a friend of his, saying, "My master gives a feast, and there is always much food remaining; come and sup with me tonight." The Dog thus invited went at the hour appointed, and seeing the preparations for so grand an entertainment, said in the joy of his heart, "How glad I am that I came!
"I had to invite them for you; but I thought you'd like to have such interesting company.
"Then you can explain, if you can, who gave you any authority to invite a passel of strangers to stop here over night, when you know we ain't had any company for twenty years, and don't intend to have any for another twenty,--or at any rate while I'm the head of the house."
So I thought I ought to invite them, as you weren't there to do it for yourself, and you told me to represent the family."
But seeing this displeased the King, she added: "If I'm going to get Ozma to invite you to her party I'll have to find her as soon as poss'ble, you know."
Therefore, I invite you to be my guests at dinner, and to attend the theater afterward and sit in the royal box.
He had decided as a first step in the following up of this matter to invite Bill down to Elizabeth's farm, and the thought occurred to him that this had better be done to-night, for he knew by experience that on the morning after these little jaunts he was seldom in the mood to seek people out and invite them to go anywhere.
Now she was eagerly curious to know what had decided the Beauforts to invite (for the first time) Mrs.
"Indeed, you may invite your friends to tomorrow's party.
That day, he went straight to his friend's house to invite him to the party, but Lamp-Wick was not at home.
But the safety of the people of America against dangers from FOREIGN force depends not only on their forbearing to give JUST causes of war to other nations, but also on their placing and continuing themselves in such a situation as not to INVITE hostility or insult; for it need not be observed that there are PRETENDED as well as just causes of war.
That road open to enterprise and courage invites the explorer of coasts to new efforts towards the fulfilment of great expectations.