Meaning of “invite” in the English Dictionary

"invite" in British English

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inviteverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈvaɪt/ us /ɪnˈvaɪt/

invite verb [ T ] (ASK TO AN EVENT)

A1 to ask or request someone to go to an event:

We're invited to Lola's party.
Candidates who are successful in the written test will be invited for an interview.
[ + obj + to infinitive ] Her family invited me to stay with them for a few weeks.

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invitenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈɪn.vaɪt/ us /ˈɪn.vaɪt/ informal

an invitation:

I didn't get an invite to their wedding.

(Definition of “invite” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"invite" in American English

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inviteverb [ T ]

us /ɪnˈvɑɪt/

invite verb [ T ] (ASK)

to ask someone in a polite or friendly way to come somewhere, such as to a party, or to formally ask someone to do something:

Architects were invited to submit their designs for a new city hall.
I think we should invite her over to our place for coffee.

invite verb [ T ] (ENCOURAGE)

to do something that could cause something else to happen:

If you’re scared of an animal, make a lot of noise, because running away usually invites problems.

(Definition of “invite” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"invite" in Business English

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inviteverb [ T ]

uk /ɪnˈvaɪt/ us

to ask someone to go to an event:

invite sb to sth She is a good person to invite to this conference.
invite sb for sth We are still looking at the candidates' CVs before deciding who to invite for interview.

to formally or politely ask for something:

invite bids/offers/tenders He will invite bids for the world's first e-university.
invite comments/questions/suggestions
The chairman will invite debate and then move to a vote on it.
Applications are invited for the post.

(Definition of “invite” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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