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Dictionary Definition

invite n : a colloquial expression for invitation; "he didn't get no invite to the party"


1 increase the likelihood of; "ask for trouble"; "invite criticism" [syn: ask for]
2 invite someone to one's house; "Can I invite you for dinner on Sunday night?" [syn: ask over, ask round]
3 give rise to a desire by being attractive or inviting; "the window displays tempted the shoppers" [syn: tempt]
4 ask someone in a friendly way to do something [syn: bid]
5 have as a guest; "I invited them to a restaurant" [syn: pay for]
6 ask to enter; "We invited the neighbors in for a cup of coffee" [syn: ask in]
7 request the participation or presence of; "The organizers invite submissions of papers for the conference" [syn: call for]
8 express willingness to have in one's home or environs; "The community warmly received the refugees" [syn: receive, take in]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (verb): ĭnvīt', /ɪnˈvaɪt/, /In"vaIt/
  • (noun): ĭn'vīt, /ˈɪnvaɪt/, /"InvaIt/


  1. To ask for the presence or participation of someone or something.
    We invited our friends round for dinner.
  2. To request formally.
    I invite you all to be seated.
  3. To encourage.
    I always invite criticism of my definitions.
    Wearing that skimpy dress, you are bound to invite attention.



ask for the presence or participation of someone
request formally


  1. An invitation.


(informal) invitation

Extensive Definition

An invitation system (or invite system) is one method of website registration. Unlike open registration, where all users can join, and closed registration, where there is a moratorium on new users joining, invites allow current users to select who can join, while allowing site administrators to maintain a stronghold on the population of the service.
Existing users receive a set number of invitations (sometimes called "invite tokens" or "invite codes") to allow others to join the service. Those invited are either sent a specialized URL, or have to enter in a single-use code.


Invitation systems are usually temporary. They are typically used for services in private beta testing, in order to control the number of users on the service. In other cases, they can be used due to limited availability of server resources. Rarely, they may be used on a permanent basis, in order to aggregate social network statistics (all users will ultimately have a traceable connection to all others). They can additionally be used to avoid trolling or spammers (all users trust all others), which is usually a positive side effect of the invitation system, even if it was unintentional.


Sometimes, a tiered invitation system may be in place, wherein those higher up on the pyramid will receive copious amounts of invitations to hand out, whereas fourth- or fifth-generation invitees (of which there are a lot more, potentially) may receive few or none.


Some prominent services which were once invitation-based include e-mail provider Gmail, social networking service Orkut and journal/blog site LiveJournal. Oink's Pink Palace, a BitTorrent tracker, was invitation only until its forced shutdown in October 2007.


Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abet, acquire, affect the interest, aid and abet, appeal, ask, ask for, attract, be attractive, be responsible for, beckon, bid, bid come, biddance, bidding, bring down, bring on, bring upon, call, call in, calling, concern, contract, countenance, court, encourage, engage, engraved invitation, entice, excite, excite interest, fall in with, fall into, fascinate, feed, fetch, foster, gain, get, give encouragement, incur, interest, inveigle, invitation, involve in, issue an invitation, keep in countenance, lure, nourish, nurture, pique, provoke, run, solicit, stimulate, summon, summons, tantalize, tease, tempt, tickle, titillate, welcome, whet the appetite, woo
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