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verb vis·it \ˈvi-zət\

Simple Definition of visit

  • : to go somewhere to spend time with (someone, such as a friend or relative)

  • : to go somewhere to see and talk to (someone) in an official way or as part of your job

  • : to go to see (a doctor, dentist, etc.)

Full Definition of visit

vis·it·ed play \ˈvi-zə-təd, ˈviz-təd\ vis·it·ing play \ˈvi-zə-tiŋ, ˈviz-tiŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a archaic :  comfort —used of the Deity <visit us with Thy salvation — Charles Wesley> b (1) :  afflict <visited his people with distempers — Tobias Smollett> (2) :  inflict, impose <visited his wrath upon them> c :  avenge <visited the sins of the fathers upon the children> d :  to present itself to or come over momentarily <was visited by a strange notion>

  3. 2 :  to go to see in order to comfort or help

  4. 3 a :  to pay a call on as an act of friendship or courtesy b :  to reside with temporarily as a guest c :  to go to see or stay at (a place) for a particular purpose (as business or sightseeing) d :  to go or come officially to inspect or oversee <a bishop visiting his parishes>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to make a visit; also :  to make frequent or regular visits

  7. 2 :  chat, converse <enjoys visiting with the neighbors>

Examples of visit

  1. She is visiting her aunt in New York.

  2. When are you coming to visit?

  3. He is visiting a client in Phoenix.

  4. She visits her doctor regularly.

  5. I would like to visit Rome someday.

  6. City officials visited the building site.

  7. Our town was once visited by the President.

  8. Be sure to visit our Web site.

Origin of visit

Middle English, from Anglo-French visiter, from Latin visitare, frequentative of visere to go to see, frequentative of vidēre to see

First Known Use: 13th century



noun vis·it

Simple Definition of visit

  • : an occasion when someone goes to a place to see and talk to someone for usually a brief time

  • : an occasion when someone goes to a place for pleasure, as part of a job, to do something, etc.

  • : an occasion when you are staying in a hotel, motel, etc.

Full Definition of visit

  1. 1 a :  a short stay :  call b :  a brief residence as a guest c :  an extended stay :  sojourn

  2. 2 :  a journey to and stay or short sojourn at a place

  3. 3 :  an official or professional call or tour :  visitation

  4. 4 :  the act of a naval officer in boarding a merchant ship on the high seas in exercise of the right of search

Examples of visit

  1. We had a visit from the company president.

  2. Our son came home for a visit.

  3. Have you been here before, or is this your first visit?

  4. We had a nice visit after the meeting.


First Known Use of visit


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verb vis·it \ˈvi-zət\

Definition of visit


  1. 1 :  to go to see for a particular purpose <visit a friend> <visit a doctor> <visit the zoo>

  2. 2 :  to stay with for a time as a guest <I am visiting with relatives.>

  3. 3 :  to come to or upon <We were visited by many troubles.>

Word Root of visit

The Latin word vidēre, meaning “to see”, and its form vīsis give us the roots vid and vis. Words from the Latin vidēre have something to do with seeing. Anything visible is able to be seen. Something evident is able to be seen, sensed, or understood. The video part of a television is the part that is seen, as opposed to the part that is heard. Vision is the ability to see. To visit is to go somewhere to see someone.



noun vis·it

Definition of visit

  1. 1 :  an act of going to see a person, place, or thing for a particular purpose <a visit with friends> <our visit to the museum>

  2. 2 :  a stay as a guest <a weekend visit with relatives>

vis·i·tor \ˈvi-zə-tər\ play noun

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