- 1[countable] a spoken or written request to someone 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[uncountable] the act of inviting someone or of being invited A concert was held at the invitation of the mayor. Admission is by invitation only.
- 3[countable] a card or piece of paper that you use to invite someone to something Have you ordered the wedding invitations yet?
- 4[singular] invitation to somebody (to do something) invitation to something something that encourages someone to do something, usually something bad Leaving the doors unlocked is an open invitation to burglars.
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