invite

When you invite a friend to do something, you request her company, or encourage her to come with you. You might invite a group of neighbors to help you throw a block party.

You could invite your friend to join you on a road trip, or invite your parents to your art show at a local gallery. You're making a polite request. Similarly, a newspaper might invite readers' comments, or a school might invite ideas for how to spend grant money. Invite is also casual shorthand for "invitation." When you tempt someone to react, you also invite that reaction: "Your strange film really invites harsh criticism."

Definitions of invite
  1. verb
    ask someone in a friendly way to do something
    synonyms: bid
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    allure, tempt
    dispose or incline or entice to
    challenge
    issue a challenge to
    provoke, stimulate
    provide the needed stimulus for
    counterchallenge
    challenge in turn
    call into question, oppugn, question
    challenge the accuracy, probity, or propriety of
    impeach
    challenge the honesty or veracity of
    impugn
    attack as false or wrong
    dare, defy
    challenge
    call one's bluff
    ask to prove what someone is claiming
    call out
    challenge to a duel
    remand, remit, send back
    refer (a matter or legal case) to another committee or authority or court for decision
    appeal
    take a court case to a higher court for review
    action, litigate, process, sue
    institute legal proceedings against; file a suit against
    litigate
    engage in legal proceedings
    type of:
    request
    ask (a person) to do something
  2. verb
    request the participation or presence of
    “The organizers invite submissions of papers for the conference”
    synonyms: call for
    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
  3. verb
    have as a guest
    “I invited them to a restaurant”
    synonyms: pay for
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    interact
    act together or towards others or with others
  4. verb
    invite someone to one's house
    “Can I invite you for dinner on Sunday night?”
    synonyms: ask over, ask round
    ask in
    ask to enter
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
  5. verb
    express willingness to have in one's home or environs
    synonyms: receive, take in
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    welcome
    receive someone, as into one's house
    absorb
    assimilate or take in
    see
    receive as a specified guest
    assume
    take up someone's soul into heaven
    induct
    admit as a member
  6. verb
    ask to enter
    “We invited the neighbors in for a cup of coffee”
    synonyms: ask in
    ask over, ask round
    invite someone to one's house
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    call in
    summon to enter
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
  7. noun
    a colloquial expression for invitation
    “he didn't get no invite to the party”
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    invitation
    a request (spoken or written) to participate or be present or take part in something
  8. verb
    increase the likelihood of
    invite criticism”
    synonyms: ask for
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    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  9. verb
    give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting
    synonyms: tempt
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    excite, shake, shake up, stimulate, stir
    stir the feelings, emotions, or peace of
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