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invitation

  
  ( invitations    plural  )
1       n-count   An invitation is a written or spoken request to come to an event such as a party, a meal, or a meeting.  
oft N to-inf, N to n  
...an invitation to lunch..., He's understood to be there at the personal invitation of President Daniel Arap Moi.     
2       n-count   An invitation is the card or paper on which an invitation is written or printed.  
Hundreds of invitations are being sent out this week.     
3       n-sing   If you believe that someone's action is likely to have a particular result, especially a bad one, you can refer to the action as an invitation to that result.  
N to n  
Don't leave your shopping on the back seat of your car<endash>it's an open invitation to a thief.     
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invitation

  
1    asking, begging, bidding, call, invite     (informal)   request, solicitation, summons, supplication  
2    allurement, challenge, come-on     (informal)   coquetry, enticement, glad eye     (informal)   incitement, inducement, open door, overture, provocation, temptation  

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n.
Exceptional invitation to a player to participate in a tourney without having to qualify for it.
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