Is there a single verb or short verb phrase in English language that means "to extend a warm and welcoming invitation to someone"?

I was recently asked this question but I am not a native speaker, so I was not sure.

  • @choster I don't think the question is asking for single-word ways to extend a welcome, but rather a single word that means the act of extending such a welcome. It seems much like any other single-word request question to me.
    – Yee-Lum
    Dec 21, 2015 at 23:23
  • Sorry, said "extend a welcome" but meant "invitation".
    – Yee-Lum
    Dec 21, 2015 at 23:32
  • In shortening the phrase you remove much of the warmth.
    – Hot Licks
    Dec 22, 2015 at 1:59

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The phrase that comes to my mind would be cordially invite:

Something that is done cordially has warmth and friendliness to it, like a host who greets people cordially at a party. In fact, formal party invitations sometimes use the phrase "you are cordially invited," which means you are happily encouraged to attend.

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