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invitation

noun  /ˌɪn·vɪˈteɪ·ʃən/ us  

invitation noun (REQUEST TO COME)

[C] (not standard invite,  /ˈɪn·vɑɪt/) a written or spoken request to come somewhere or do something, or the act of inviting someone: We received their wedding invitation today. He accepted the invitation to join the committee.

invitation noun (ENCOURAGEMENT)

[U] something that could cause something else to happen or that could cause someone to do something: Leaving your house unlocked is an open invitation to burglars (= encourages them).
(Definition of invitation from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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