invitation

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
in•vi•ta•tion /ˌɪnvɪˈteɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [uncountable] the act of inviting.
  2. the written or spoken form with which a person is invited[countable]a wedding invitation.
  3. something that attracts or encourages an action; incentive;
    provocation[countable]an invitation to disaster.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
in•vi•ta•tion  (in′vi tāshən), 
n. 
  1. the act of inviting.
  2. the written or spoken form with which a person is invited.
  3. something offered as a suggestion:an invitation to consider a business merger.
  4. attraction or incentive; allurement.
  5. a provocation:The speech was an invitation to rebellion.

adj. 
  1. invitational.
Etymology:
  • Latin invītātiōn- (stem of invītātiō), equivalent. to invītāt(us) (past participle of invītāre to invite) + -iōn- -ion
  • 1590–1600


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

invitation /ˌɪnvɪˈteɪʃən/ n
  1. the act of inviting, such as an offer of entertainment or hospitality
  2. (as modifier): an invitation dance, an invitation race
  3. the act of enticing or attracting; allurement



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