vis·​it | \ ˈvi-zət How to pronounce visit (audio) \
visited\ ˈvi-​zə-​təd How to pronounce visit (audio) , ˈviz-​təd \; visiting\ ˈvi-​zə-​tiŋ How to pronounce visit (audio) , ˈviz-​tiŋ \

Definition of visit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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 (such as business or sightseeing)
d : to go or come officially to inspect or oversee a bishop visiting his parishes
2 : to go to see in order to comfort or help
3a(1) : afflict visited his people with distempers— Tobias Smollett
(2) : inflict, impose visited his wrath upon them
b : avenge visited the sins of the fathers upon the children
c : to present itself to or come over momentarily was visited by a strange notion
d archaic : comfort used of the Deity visit us with Thy salvation— Charles Wesley

intransitive verb

1 : to make a visit also : to make frequent or regular visits
2 : chat, converse enjoys visiting with the neighbors



Definition of visit (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a short stay : call
b : a brief residence as a guest
c : an extended stay : sojourn
2 : a journey to and stay or short sojourn at a place
3 : an official or professional call or tour : visitation
4 : the act of a naval officer in boarding a merchant ship on the high seas in exercise of the right of search

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Synonyms for visit

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of visit in a Sentence

Verb She is visiting her aunt in New York. When are you coming to visit? He is visiting a client in Phoenix. She visits her doctor regularly. I would like to visit Rome someday. City officials visited the building site. Our town was once visited by the President. Be sure to visit our Web site. Noun We had a visit from the company president. Our son came home for a visit. Have you been here before, or is this your first visit? We had a nice visit after the meeting.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The people who are running that own a local wine bar in town, so people will be able to visit them afterward. Annie Alleman,, "Long Grove hosts smaller chocolate fest with demos, yoga and of course sweet treats," 4 May 2021 Perhaps even more difficult for parents like de Jong are their children's interactions with peers -- like watching friends get picked up from school by their grandparents, while theirs still aren't allowed to visit. Blane Bachelor, CNN, "The desperate families still torn apart by Covid rules," 2 May 2021 As part of a gradual reopening, Americans are allowed to visit Greece as of April 19. Hannah Sampson, Star Tribune, "Seven European countries that Americans can travel to right now," 30 Apr. 2021 All Connecticut children would be allowed to visit museums in the state for free this summer, under Gov. Ned Lamont’s spending proposal for American Rescue Plan funds received by the state. Amanda Blanco,, "Connecticut children would get free admission to museums, zoos, aquariums this summer under proposal by Gov. Ned Lamont," 30 Apr. 2021 Not allowed to visit the bathroom, and given a bottle in which to urinate instead. Billy Perrigo, Time, "The Indian Government Is Silencing Critics Even As Its COVID-19 Crisis Surges," 29 Apr. 2021 Both parents are allowed to visit, and they are allowed to come and go, according to the HonorHealth website. Delaney White, The Arizona Republic, "New cameras at Scottsdale hospital let families see babies in the NICU from anywhere," 28 Apr. 2021 Summerville said she was finally allowed to visit Stokes about two weeks after the bite. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Alabama police dog bites man accused of shoplifting at Walmart. Doctors perform 5 surgeries to save his arm.," 23 Apr. 2021 One group of six people is allowed to visit for one hour daily. Britt Smith,, "Each of These Six Hikes Is a Point of Pride for Those Who Finish," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Less than a year after their visit, Foppoli launched a campaign for Town Council. Cynthia Dizikes, San Francisco Chronicle, "How Windsor officials failed to uncover an allegation that Dominic Foppoli assaulted a woman in a hot tub," 22 Apr. 2021 Another focus will be on any new climate goals from Beijing, following promises from the U.S. and China to work together to tackle climate change after a visit by U.S. global climate envoy John Kerry to Shanghai last week. Fortune, "China President Xi Jinping argues that decoupling ‘works against economic and market principles’," 20 Apr. 2021 A year after his first visit, Sheikh Tahnoun made a handshake deal with Lorenzo Fertitta to acquire ten per cent of the UFC; Ravitch finalized the deal, with the Emiratis agreeing to pay about two hundred million dollars. Connie Bruck, The New Yorker, "Ari Emanuel Takes on the World," 19 Apr. 2021 That includes the prime minister, Lotay Tshering, who received his first vaccine dose last month while in quarantine after a visit to Bangladesh. New York Times, "How the Tiny Kingdom of Bhutan Out-Vaccinated Most of the World," 18 Apr. 2021 Back in July, Donnie updated fans after a visit with his mom after being bombarded with questions about her health. Rosy Cordero,, "Mark and Donnie Wahlberg mourn the loss of mother Alma: 'My angel. Rest in peace'," 18 Apr. 2021 Seems the previous owners had shipped it back from Italy after a visit. Howard Walker, Robb Report, "Home of the Week: This $23 Million Mediterranean-Style Villa in Silicon Valley Has a 300-Year-Old Italian Roof," 13 Apr. 2021 After Huneiti’s visit, a recording of which was obtained by The New York Times, Hamzah was placed in a loose form of house arrest., "Royal rivalry bares social tensions behind Jordan’s stable veneer," 10 Apr. 2021 LANSING Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein has been living in Dubai for two months, due to quarantining requirements after a January visit to Israel, the Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein stuck in Dubai for last two months," 8 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of visit


13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3d


1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for visit


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

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6 May 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of visit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.)



English Language Learners Definition of visit (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.


vis·​it | \ ˈvi-zət How to pronounce visit (audio) \
visited; visiting

Kids Definition of visit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to go to see for a particular purpose visit a friend visit a doctor visit the zoo
2 : to stay with for a time as a guest I am visiting with relatives.
3 : to come to or upon We were visited by many troubles.



Kids Definition of visit (Entry 2 of 2)

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 : a stay as a guest a weekend visit with relatives

Other Words from visit

visitor \ ˈvi-​zə-​tər \ noun
vis·​it | \ ˈviz-ət How to pronounce visit (audio) \
visited\ ˈviz-​ət-​əd, ˈviz-​təd How to pronounce visit (audio) \; visiting\ ˈviz-​ət-​iŋ, ˈviz-​tiŋ How to pronounce visit (audio) \

Medical Definition of visit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to go to attend (a patient)
2 : to go to see (as a physician or dentist) for professional service



Medical Definition of visit (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a professional call (as by a physician to treat a patient)
2 : a call upon a professional person (as a physician or dentist) for consultation or treatment make regular visits to your dentist

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