• Invitation to drink wine
    Invitation to drink wine
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v invite ask someone in a friendly way to do something
    • v invite request the participation or presence of "The organizers invite submissions of papers for the conference"
    • v invite ask to enter "We invited the neighbors in for a cup of coffee"
    • v invite express willingness to have in one's home or environs "The community warmly received the refugees"
    • v invite increase the likelihood of "ask for trouble","invite criticism"
    • v invite give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting "the window displays tempted the shoppers"
    • v invite invite someone to one's house "Can I invite you for dinner on Sunday night?"
    • v invite have as a guest "I invited them to a restaurant"
    • n invite a colloquial expression for invitation "he didn't get no invite to the party"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

All His Friends Were Invited All His Friends Were Invited
Mis Ribby writes an invitation Mis Ribby writes an invitation
In mid-day the shade of the pines is inviting In mid-day the shade of the pines is inviting

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Scientific America" carried the first magazine automobile ad in 1898. The Winton Motor Car Company of Cleveland, OH, invited readers to "dispense with a horse".
    • Invite To allure; to draw to; to tempt to come; to induce by pleasure or hope; to attract. "To inveigle and invite the unwary sense.""Shady groves, that easy sleep invite .""There no delusive hope invites despair."
    • Invite 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; as, to invite to dinner, or a wedding, or an excursion. "So many guests invite as here are writ.""I invite his Grace of Castle Rackrent to reflect on this."
    • v. i Invite To give invitation.
    • Invite To give occasion for; as, to invite criticism.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • invite 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.
    • invite To present allurement or incitement to; draw on or induce by temptation; solicit; incite.
    • invite Synonyms Convoke, Bid, etc. See call.
    • invite To offer invitation or enticement; attract.
    • n invite An invitation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Invite in-vīt′ to ask: to summon: to allure: to attract
    • v.i Invite to ask in invitation
    • n Invite a form of invitation in worship, esp. the antiphon to the Venite or 95th Psalm
    • n Invite (Shak.) invitation
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  • Leo Burnett
    Leo Burnett
    “Make it simple. Make it memorable. Make it inviting to look at. Make it fun to read.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Irritation in the heart of a believer is always an invitation to the devil to stand by.”
  • Chogyam Trungpa
    Chogyam Trungpa
    “Compassion automatically invites you to relate with people because you no longer regard people as a drain on your energy.”
  • Pierre Corneille
    “Those who easily forgive invite offenses.”
  • Raymond Chandler
    “If my books had been any worse, I should not have been invited to Hollywood, and if they had been any better, I should not have come.”
  • Jewish Proverb
    Jewish Proverb
    “He who puts up with insult invites injury.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. invitare,: cf. F. inviter,. See Vie


In literature:

Let us have faith in the stars that those four pals of yours have not recklessly accepted invitations to other celebrations.
"Marjorie Dean, College Sophomore" by Pauline Lester
Her first step had been to secure an invitation to visit there.
"Peggy Stewart at School" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
The trader sent a man to invite the three white men to dine with him.
"Old Rail Fence Corners" by Various
It is presumed that an invitation to a home wedding includes the wedding breakfast or reception, but an invitation to a church wedding does not.
"How to Write Letters (Formerly The Book of Letters)" by Mary Owens Crowther
She invited him into her lodge, and gave him a supper.
"The Indian Fairy Book" by Cornelius Mathews
She heartily regretted having accepted the invitation.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 11, No. 24, March, 1873" by Various
To acknowledge one invitation and not another is surely to be discredited with all.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
But for the most part no invitations were given or needed, they dropped in on one another in a friendly way.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Several caciques came off, inviting the Spaniards to their villages.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
Robert Owen, it seems, was the first factory superintendent to invite inspection of his plant.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard

In poetry:

Why dost thou weep? whereas the righteous Sire
Invites him to receive a glorious crown,
And pompous honours, in his sacred quire,
Though he was not as yet to manhood grown!
"Advice To A Woman, Not To Grieve Too Much For The Death Of Her Child" by Rees Prichard
He then, with speeches more polite,
Again addressed the nymph so sweet,
"My dear, with scorning do not treat
Your lover so;
Your lovely form doth me invite,
Your mind to know."
"Art And Nature" by Susannah Hawkins
"Shall bend approved, where beckoning hosts invite,
On clouds of silver her adoring knee,
Approach with Seraphim the throne of light,
—And BEAUTY plead with angel-tongue for Me!"
"The Botanic Garden( Part III)" by Erasmus Darwin
These but a part — for sundry more than these,
E'en in these wilds, a passing pluck invite:
Nor will I labour here, of blossom'd trees
Or lowlier shrubs, a student's list to write.
"The Rose Of The Wilderness (Gathered In Crossing A Portage On The River Winnipeg)" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain
I hear a whisper, when the stars,
Upon some evening-purpled height,
Crown the dead Day with nenuphars
Of dreamy gold and white;
A voice, that seems t' invite,
"Come love! 'tis night!"
"Airy Tongues" by Madison Julius Cawein
Should hopeful youths (worth being drunk) prove nice,
And from their fair inviter's meanly shrink,
'Twould please the ghost of my departed vice,
If at my counsel they repent and drink.
"The Disabled Debauchee" by Lord John Wilmot

In news:

A special invitation to be well -informed.
Kentwood won in two sets over Roosevelt to win the Bearcat Invite on Saturday.
Marshall University is tied with host Cincinnati after one round of the Bearcat Invitational men's golf tournament at The Traditions Golf Club.
Lakota Invitational To Feature Beefed Up Security.
"What we're going to do is invite you into one of the greatest straight-men traditions of all times," Rob tells his protégé in a deep, Elvis Presley-tinged baritone.
Amis had invited Hitchens, his best friend, to join him for dinner at Bellow 's Vermont home.
Vintage Wine and Spirits owner Curt Turner invites wine lovers to a Wine Pot Luck where guests buy any bottle to add to the tasting alongside everyone else's picks.
The public is invited to meetings about MPR stations KBPR, KBPN, KCRB, KNBJ and KITF.
BES Invites Parents To See After-School Academy Programs.
Just seven days earlier at the Lansing Invitational, Boes ran 26:14.4, shaving a second off the mark set in 2006 by Joe Horka at the NAIA Region VIII Championships.
A program will be given at 3 pm All are invited.
St Boniface Catholic School is inviting parishioners and the community to an Open House at the school, 215 W Oak St, Oak Harbor, on Tuesday, Jan 31.
Main Gallery exhibit invites trio to 'Consider This '.
It wasn't often that I made it home, so when my friend Victor invited me over to help his family make tamales from scratch, I said yes.
All former Blinn students as well as friends of the college are invited to participate.

In science:

FK would like to thank the University of Tokyo where part of this work was done. A part of this research was done when SN was invited to Univ.
Spectral extrema and Lifshitz tails for non monotonous alloy type models
Invited commentary on prentice, pettinger and anderson.
Statistical adjustment for a measure of healthy lifestyle doesn't yield the truth about hormone therapy
Invited commentary on prentice, pettinger and anderson.
Statistical adjustment for a measure of healthy lifestyle doesn't yield the truth about hormone therapy
Invited commentary on prentice, pettinger and anderson.
Statistical adjustment for a measure of healthy lifestyle doesn't yield the truth about hormone therapy
Purice who organized the 10th edition of QMath for their kind invitation and L.
Repeated Interaction Quantum Systems: Deterministic and Random