Invite In*vite", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Invited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Inviting}.] [L. invitare: cf. F. inviter. See {Vie}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

So many guests invite as here are writ. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I invite his Grace of Castle Rackrent to reflect on this. --Carlyle. [1913 Webster]

2. To allure; to draw to; to tempt to come; to induce by pleasure or hope; to attract. [1913 Webster]

To inveigle and invite the unwary sense. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Shady groves, that easy sleep invite. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

There no delusive hope invites despair. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

3. To give occasion for; as, to invite criticism.

Syn: To solicit; bid; call; ask; summon; allure; attract; entice; persuade. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.