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[in-vi-tey-shuh n] /ˌɪn vɪˈteɪ ʃən/

the act of .
the written or spoken form with which a person is .
something offered as a suggestion:
an invitation to consider a business merger.
attraction or incentive; allurement.
a provocation:
The speech was an invitation to rebellion.

the act of enticing or attracting; allurement

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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