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invitation

noun
     
in‧vi‧ta‧tion
1 [countable] a written or spoken request to someone, inviting them to go somewhere or do somethingCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
invitation to do something receive/get an invitation accept an invitation (=say yes) refuse/turn down/decline an invitation (=say no) issue/extend an invitation formal (=invite someone) open/standing invitation (=an invitation to do something at any time you like) dinner/lunch invitation formal invitation
Shortly afterwards, Dawson received an invitation to speak at a scientific conference.
She accepted his invitation to join him for lunch.
I extend an invitation to the minister to visit this area.
We've got a standing invitation. Maybe we should go tonight.
2 [uncountable] the act of being invited or of inviting someone to go somewhere or do something
by invitation
Attendance at the seminars is by invitation only (=only those people who have been invited can attend).
They were always dropping by, usually without invitation.
at somebody's invitation/at the invitation of somebody
Kegl traveled to Nicaragua at the invitation of the education minister.
3 [countable] a card inviting someone to attend a party, wedding etc
party/wedding invitation
We sent out more than 300 wedding invitations.
invitation to
Did you get an invitation to Jason's party?
4 [singular, uncountable] encouragement to do something
take something as an invitation to do something
He seemed to take my silence as an invitation to talk.
5

be an open invitation for/to somebody

to make it very easy for someone to rob you or harm you:
Leaving the car unlocked is just an open invitation to thieves.

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