Meaning of “invitation” in the English Dictionary

"invitation" in British English

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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 (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 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)