invitation Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “invitation” in the English Dictionary

"invitation" in British English

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uk   us   /ˌɪn.vɪˈteɪ.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 toyourbirthdayparty. I'm ​happy to acceptyour 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 ​yourhouseunlocked is an open (= ​clear) invitation toburglars.

invitation noun (FORMAL REQUEST)

[C] an ​occasion when someone is ​formallyasked to do something: [+ to infinitive] This is a ​once in a ​lifetime invitation toinvest in ​yourdreamhome 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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 us   /ˌɪn·vɪˈteɪ·ʃən/

invitation noun (REQUEST TO COME)

[C] (not standard invite,  /ˈɪn·vɑɪt/ ) a written or ​spokenrequest to come ​somewhere or do something, or the ​act of ​inviting someone: We ​receivedtheirwedding 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 ​yourhouseunlocked 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   us   /ˌɪnvɪˈteɪʃən/
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 ​ invitation to do sth He accepted the invitation to ​attend the ​seminar. decline/​turn down/​reject an invitation
a ​formalrequest 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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