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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).

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.
(Definition of invitation from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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