In·vite v. t. [imp. & p. p. Invited; p. pr. & vb. n. Inviting.]
1. 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. --Shak.
I invite his Grace of Castle Rackrent to reflect on this. --Carlyle.
2. To allure; to draw to; to tempt to come; to induce by pleasure or hope; to attract.
To inveigle and invite the unwary sense. --Milton.
Shady groves, that easy sleep invite. --Dryden.
There no delusive hope invites despair. --Cowper.
3. To give occasion for; as, to invite criticism.
Syn: -- To solicit; bid; call; ask; summon; allure; attract; entice; persuade.
In·vit·ing a. Alluring; tempting; as, an inviting amusement or prospect.
Nothing is so easy and inviting as the retort of abuse and sarcasm. --W. Irving.
-- In*vit*ing*ly, adv. -- In*vit*ing*ness, n.
adj : attractive and tempting; "an inviting offer" [ant: uninviting]