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"invitation" in British English

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invitationnoun

uk   /ˌɪn.vɪˈteɪ.ʃən/ us   /ˌɪn.vəˈteɪ.ʃən/
  • 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 (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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"invitation" in American English

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invitationnoun

us   /ˌɪn·vɪˈteɪ·ʃən/
  • 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)

"invitation" in Business English

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invitationnoun [C or U]

uk   /ˌɪnvɪˈteɪʃən/ us  
if someone receives an invitation, they are asked to go somewhere or do something: an invitation to sth I received an invitation to dinner at a colleague's house.an invitation to do sth He accepted the invitation to attend the seminar. decline/turn down/reject an invitation
a formal request to do something, for example, have an interview for a job: an invitation to do sth He rarely turns down an invitation to speak at a conference. extend/issue an invitation The invitation was extended to other candidates.
(Definition of invitation from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “invitation”
in Arabic دَعْوة…
in Korean 초대…
in Portuguese convite…
in Catalan invitació…
in Japanese 招待(状)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 邀请, 邀请,约请…
in Turkish davet, çağrı, davetiye…
in Russian приглашение, пригласительный билет, провокация…
in Chinese (Traditional) 邀請, 邀請,約請…
in Italian invito…
in Polish zaproszenie, prowokacja…
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