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verb [transitive] invite pronunciation in British English /ɪnˈvaɪt/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleinviting
past tenseinvited
past participleinvited
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  1. 1
    to ask someone to come to see you or to spend time with you socially
    How many people did you invite?
    invite someone to/for something: We’ve invited all the neighbours to a barbecue.
    Why don’t you invite them for a drink?
    invite someone to do something: They’ve invited me to eat at their house tonight.
  2. 2
    [often passive] to formally ask someone to do something or go somewhere
    He gave a speech to an invited audience at the museum last night.
    invite someone to do something: Leaders of the warring factions were invited to attend peace talks in Geneva.
    1. a.
      to say formally that you would like to receive something from someone
      Applications are invited from all qualified candidates.


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