Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

invitation

 - definition
 
 
Close

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Close

Thesaurus

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

more
noun [countable] invitation pronunciation in American English /ˌɪnvɪˈteɪʃ(ə)n/ 
Word Forms
Close
singularinvitation
pluralinvitations
  1. 1
    a written or spoken request asking someone to spend time with you socially or to come to a social event

    The wedding invitations went out yesterday.

    invitation to:

    Nobody in the office had received an invitation to the party.

  2. 2
    a request to someone to do something or go somewhere
    invitation to do something:

    She has received an invitation to join a new environmental policy body.

    decline/refuse an invitation:

    The senator declined our invitation to comment on the allegations.

    standing/long-standing/open invitation (=with no fixed date):

    The former president has accepted a long-standing invitation to address the conference.

  3. 3

    invitation

    or

    open invitation

    an action or event that makes something unpleasant more likely to happen
    invitation to:

    He described the low wages paid to police officers as almost an invitation to corruption.

    an (open) invitation to do something:

    The banks will take the president's comments as an open invitation to charge their customers higher rates.

phrases

solutionism

the belief that every problem has a solution based in technology

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

chicken raffle

any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog