In*vite" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Invited; p. pr. & vb. n. Inviting.] [L. invitare: cf. F. inviter. See Vie.]

1.

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.

So many guests invite as here are writ. Shak.

I invite his Grace of Castle Rackrent to reflect on this. Carlyle.

2.

To allure; to draw to; to tempt to come; to induce by pleasure or hope; to attract.

To inveigle and invite the unwary sense. Milton.

Shady groves, that easy sleep invite. Dryden.

There no delusive hope invites despair. Cowper.

3.

To give occasion for; as, to invite criticism.

Syn. -- To solicit; bid; call; ask; summon; allure; attract; entice; persuade.

 

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In*vite", v. i.

To give invitation.

Milton.

 

© Webster 1913.

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