invitation

[ in-vi-tey-shuh n ]SEE DEFINITION OF invitation
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He accepted Percival's invitation that afternoon to go down into the Street with him.

She knew, only too well, that Althea's invitation to dinner had not been disinterested.

He had an invitation to the opposite coast which he thought he would accept.

Dirk he never had no invitation—never heard anything about it.

Handel declined the invitation, but resolved to go to Italy as soon as he could do so "on his own bottom."

I like to have a chance of refusing an invitation I yearn for, and then be forced to accept.

Napoleon brightened at this invitation, and gladly accepted it.

Many motives conspired to incline Selina to accept of the invitation.

Then Josie, painfully sweet: "Did you get the invitation, Betty?"

He had, even then, to refuse inflexibly an invitation to stay to supper.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., from Latin invitationem (nominative invitatio) "an invitation, incitement, challenge," noun of action from past participle stem of invitare "invite, treat, entertain," originally "be pleasant toward," from in- "toward" (see in- (2)). Second element is obscure; Watkins suggests a suffixed form of root *weie- "to go after something, pursue with vigor," and a connection to English gain (see venison). Meaning "the spoken or written form in which a person is invited" is from 1610s.

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