tr.v. in·vit·ed, in·vit·ing, in·vites
1. To ask for the presence or participation of: invite friends to dinner; invite writers to a conference.
2. To request formally: invited us to be seated.
3. To welcome; encourage: invite questions from the audience.
4. To tend to bring on; provoke: "Divisions at home would invite dangers from abroad" (John Jay).
5. To entice; tempt.
[French inviter, from Old French, from Latin invītāre; see weiə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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