- 1 to ask someone to come to a social event invite somebody to something Have you been invited to their party? invite somebody I would have liked to go, but I wasn't invited. invite somebody to do something They have invited me to go to Paris with them.
- 2 (formal) to ask someone formally to go somewhere or do something invite somebody (to/for something) Successful candidates will be invited for an interview next week. invite something (from somebody) He invited questions from the audience. invite somebody to do something Readers are invited to write in with their comments.
- 3invite something invite somebody/something to do something to make something, especially something bad or unpleasant, likely to happen synonym ask for Such comments are just inviting trouble. see also uninvited Phrasal Verbsinvite somebody alonginvite somebody backinvite somebody in/upinvite somebody outinvite somebody over
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NAmE//ɪnˈvaɪt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they invite
he / she / it invites
past simple invited
-ing form inviting