—v.t. 1. to request the presence or participation of in a kindly, courteous, or complimentary way, esp. to request to come or go to some place, gathering, entertainment, etc., or to do something: to invite friends to dinner. 2. to request politely or formally: to invite donations. 3. to act so as to bring on or render probable: to invite accidents by fast driving. 4. to call forth or give occasion for: Those big shoes invite laughter. 5. to attract, allure, entice, or tempt.
—v.i. to give invitation; offer attractions or allurements.