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invitation

noun uk   /ˌɪn.vɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us  

invitation noun (ASK TO AN EVENT)

A2 [C or U] the act of inviting someone to go to an event: Thanks for the invitation to your birthday party. I'm happy to accept your invitation. The first day of the exhibition will be by invitation (only) (= only those who have been invited can come).
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invitation noun (ENCOURAGEMENT)

C2 [S] an action that causes or encourages something to happen: Leaving your house unlocked is an open (= clear) invitation to burglars.

invitation noun (FORMAL REQUEST)

[C] an occasion when someone is formally asked to do something: [+ to infinitive] This is a once in a lifetime invitation to invest in your dream home in the sun.

invitation noun (PIECE OF PAPER)

a piece of paper or card that invites someone to an event: I need to order the wedding invitations.
Translations of “invitation”
in Korean 초대…
in Arabic دَعْوة…
in Portuguese convite…
in Catalan invitació…
in Japanese 招待(状)…
in Italian invito…
in Chinese (Traditional) 邀請, 邀請,約請…
in Russian приглашение, пригласительный билет, провокация…
in Turkish davet, çağrı, davetiye…
in Chinese (Simplified) 邀请, 邀请,约请…
in Polish zaproszenie, prowokacja…
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