Definition of invitation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    invitation

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˌɪnvɪˈteɪʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnvɪˈteɪʃn//
     
     
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  1. 1  [countable] a spoken or written request to somebody to do something or to go somewhere to issue/extend an invitation to accept/turn down/decline an invitation invitation to something an invitation to the party invitation to do something I have an open invitation (= not restricted to a particular date) to visit my friend in Japan.
  2. 2  [uncountable] the act of inviting somebody or of being invited A concert was held at the invitation of the mayor. Admission is by invitation only.
  3. 3  [countable] a card or piece of paper that you use to invite somebody to something Have you ordered the wedding invitations yet?
  4. 4[countable, usually singular] invitation to somebody (to do something) | invitation to something something that encourages somebody to do something, usually something bad Leaving the doors unlocked is an open invitation to burglars.
  5. Word Origin late Middle English: from French, or from Latin invitatio(n-), from invitare.Extra examples An unlocked door is an open invitation to any burglar. Have you received your invitation to the exhibition? He is here to give a concert at the invitation of the British Council. I got a baby shower invitation from a friend. I must sadly decline your generous invitation. I’m on the invitation list. Membership of the club is by invitation only. The head extended an invitation to all parents to come and see the school. We got a wedding invitation from Laura and Jennifer. We have an open invitation to use their holiday cottage whenever we like. We’d love to to take up your invitation to visit you some time. Admission is by invitation only. Have you ordered the wedding invitation yet? I have an open invitation to visit my friend in Japan. to accept/​turn down/​decline an invitation to issue/​extend an invitation
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: invitation