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·vite, v. i. To give invitation.
n : a colloquial expression for invitation; "he didn't get no
invite to the party"
v 1: increase the likelihood of; "ask for trouble"; "invite
criticism" [syn: ask for]
2: invite someone to one's house; "Can I invite you for dinner
on Sunday night?" [syn: ask over, ask round]
3: give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting; "the
window displays tempted the shoppers" [syn: tempt]
4: ask someone in a friendly way to do something [syn: bid]
5: have as a guest; "I invited them to a restaurant" [syn: pay
6: ask to enter; "We invited the neighbors in for a cup of
coffee" [syn: ask in]
7: request the participation or presence of; "The organizers
invite submissions of papers for the conference" [syn: call
8: express willingness to have in one's home or environs; "The
community warmly received the refugees" [syn: receive, take