To ask; to request; to bid; to summon; to ask to do some act, or go to some place; esp., to ask to an entertainment or visit; to request the company of; as, to invite to dinner, or a wedding, or an excursion.
- To ask for the presence or participation of: invite friends to dinner; invite writers to a conference.
- To request formally: invited us to be seated.
- To welcome; encourage: invite questions from the audience.
- To tend to bring on; provoke: "Divisions at home would invite dangers from abroad” ( John Jay).
- To entice; tempt.
- Informal An invitation.