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invite

verb [T]  /ɪnˈvɑɪt/ us  

invite verb [T] (ASK)

to ask someone in a polite or friendly way to come somewhere, such as to a party, or to formally ask someone to do something: Architects were invited to submit their designs for a new city hall. I think we should invite her over to our place for coffee.

invite verb [T] (ENCOURAGE)

to do something that could cause something else to happen: If you’re scared of an animal, make a lot of noise, because running away usually invites problems.
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