visit

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

visit

noun

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

call (on or upon), drop in (on), see

Synonyms: Noun

sojourn, stay, tarry

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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

Thanks for visiting today and congrats to you and @justinbieber on your 💍💍💍 let the fun begin! Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What to Consider Before Getting Veneers on Your Teeth," 28 Feb. 2019 Executives for some of the biggest pharmaceutical companies will visit Capitol Hill on Tuesday to face tough questions in a Senate hearing on the rising cost of medicines. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Pharmaceutical Industry CEOs Face Senate Hearing on Drug Prices," 25 Feb. 2019 Nicholl explains in her book that Kate didn't even join the other Will superfans on campus in trying to sneak an IRL peek at the royal when his school visited Marlborough for various events. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Had a Prince William Poster in Her Boarding School Dorm, According to One of the Girls Who Lived with Her," 23 Feb. 2019 According to local lore, King Sawai Ram Singh had the city painted pink in 1876 in preparation for Prince Albert and Queen Victoria’s visit to India. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 25 most colorful cities in the world," 19 Feb. 2019 While Grey's fans were stoked to catch a glimpse of what's to come, many were instantly confused by the fact that Meredith was visiting her father. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Watch the Most Emotional 'Grey’s Anatomy' Scene So Far in Season 15," 31 Jan. 2019 This is an optional subscription service that flags sites containing adult, violent, and other unwanted content and allows parents to decide which kinds of sites their children can visit. Michael Brown, PCWorld, "Belkin takes the wraps off its Linksys Max Stream AC2200 Wi-Fi router," 7 Jan. 2019 Research for this article found that out of 12 villages visited in southern Malawi, only two had received assistance in developing adaptability strategies. Mélissa Godin, Teen Vogue, "Climate Change Is Creating a New Atmosphere of Gender Inequality for Women in Malawi," 20 Dec. 2018 In the other direction, Microsoft added the ability to run Edge tabs within a virtual machine to reduce the risk of compromise when visiting a hostile website. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft unveils Windows Sandbox: Run any app in a disposable virtual machine," 19 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kate Middleton and Prince William's two-day royal visit to Northern Ireland featured so many highlights, including some rare PDA by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Explained What It's Like Being a "Princess"," 2 Mar. 2019 Prince William and Kate Middleton had a busy schedule that included an an engagement at Windsor Park football stadium and a visit to the Braid Arts Centre, among other things. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Channeled an Iconic 'Harry Potter' Look in Ireland and Fans Are Tweeting the Similarities," 2 Mar. 2019 The lead came from a state health department worker who had conducted a visit to Bridge Day Spa in Hobe Sound, Fla., and the implication was clear to law enforcement. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Inside the Investigation That Led to Prostitution Charges Against Robert Kraft," 27 Feb. 2019 After a visit to the doctor, he was prescribed a round of antibiotics and steroids, but his symptoms continued. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Country Singer’s Sore Throat Turned Out to Be a Sign of Cancer," 24 Jan. 2019 After several hours and a visit to a nearby pharmacy for an OCD medicine that didn’t help, Stimpert and her husband were able to calm their son enough to get him in bed. Erin Quinn-kong, Good Housekeeping, "Their Son Tested Positive for Strep Throat. Then Came the Severe OCD, Anxiety, and Hallucinations.," 2 Jan. 2019 Barring a brief visit to American troops overseas, he’s spent the week actively spinning up other baseless assertions about border security on Twitter and criticizing congressional Democrats who have refused to meet his $5-billion ask. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump threatens to shut down the border for the third time in three months," 29 Dec. 2018 New Horizons wasn’t always guaranteed a visit to an object like Ultima Thule. Loren Grush, The Verge, "On New Year’s Day, a spacecraft will zoom by the most distant object humanity has ever visited," 27 Dec. 2018 While on an official visit with Prince Harry to Loughborough, England, for the inaugural Coach Core Awards, the duchess wore her hair pin-straight for the first time — publicly, at least — since becoming a royal. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Meghan Markle Wore a Super-Straight Hairstyle for the First Time as a Duchess," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of visit

Verb

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

Noun

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for visit

Verb

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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The first known use of visit was in the 13th century

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visit

verb

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.)

visit

noun

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.

visit

verb
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.

visit

noun

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 visited (audio) \; visiting\ ˈviz-​ət-​iŋ, ˈviz-​tiŋ How to pronounce visiting (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

visit

noun

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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