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



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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for visit

Synonyms: Verb

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

Synonyms: Noun

sojourn, stay, tarry

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of visit in a Sentence


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.


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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since 1850, the plant lay frozen under a 100-foot-thick slab of ice as humans discovered antibiotics, visited the moon and burned 2 trillion tons of fossil fuels. Daniel Ackerman, Anchorage Daily News, "Ancient life awakens amid thawing ice caps and permafrost," 8 July 2019 The Aberdeen Dive Team improved to 2 – 1 on the season Saturday with a 52-32 victory over visiting Crofton. Randy Mcroberts,, "Aberdeen dive team beats Crofton for second win," 8 July 2019 Meng — who was elected Interpol president in 2016 but retained responsibilities as Chinese vice minister of public security — vanished into custody while visiting China. Washington Post, "Wife of arrested Chinese ex-Interpol president sues agency," 8 July 2019 At the party headquarters one recent morning, young experts with doctorates from some of the world’s best universities rubbed shoulders with smoking, cursing party apparatchiks, as three Greek Orthodox priests visited. New York Times, "Greece Liked to Underestimate Kyriakos Mitsotakis. Now He’s Prime Minister.," 8 July 2019 The next morning the victim visited the California Lottery’s district office in Sacramento only to find his ticket not only wasn’t a winner but two of the numbers also had been altered, police said. Richard Bammer, The Mercury News, "Bay Area man charged with stealing roommate’s $10 million lottery ticket released from custody," 8 July 2019 Learn more about this new skin cancer treatment option by visiting Radiant Therapy, USA TODAY, "New technology helps treat skin cancer without surgery," 8 July 2019 In a separate trip the following day, another Michigan Congresswoman, U.S. House Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Southfield) joined several Reps. in visiting a migrant detention center in Florida. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, "Rep. Rashida Tlaib: Migrants 'treated like cattle' in detention centers," 8 July 2019 Several specials and discounts are available; for details, visit Priscella Vega,, "O.C. Fair applies finishing touches to open ‘Acres of Fun’ in Costa Mesa," 7 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

During a visit to the Martinus Library, Jacobi was able to view its impressive Judaica collection, including rare books and manuscripts. Marcy Oster,, "After 50 years on a shelf in Germany, Hebrew scrolls return to Israel," 9 July 2019 The 49ers exhibition opener is Aug. 10 at home against the Dallas Cowboys, followed by visits to the Broncos (Aug. 19) and Kansas City Chiefs (Aug. 24) before an exhibition finale at Levi’s Stadium against the Los Angeles Chargers (Aug. 29). Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers reveal dates public can attend training camp," 8 July 2019 According to the emails obtained by the AP, Broidy tried to persuade California Republican Rep. Ed Royce, then the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, not to meet with Kovesi during a planned visit to Bucharest in 2017. CBS News, "Grand jury investigating top GOP fundraiser Elliott Broidy for exploiting access to Trump," 8 July 2019 Smorgasburg was a stop during a visit to her daughter, who lives in New York. Amelia Nierenberg, New York Times, "Cooking, Dancing, Hoping: A Day in the Life of a Smorgasburg Food Stall," 8 July 2019 This happened after Sergei Gavrilov, a Communist member of Russia’s parliament close to the Kremlin and to the Orthodox Church, paid a visit to Georgia’s parliament on June 20th. The Economist, "Russia plays games with Georgia," 6 July 2019 In May, the Pentagon and Trump's administration were embroiled in controversy when the White House's military liaison office ordered that the ship be hidden during Trump's visit to Japan. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "Meghan McCain dons 'Big Bad John McCain' shirt as veterans troll Trump's July 4 parade," 4 July 2019 For example, a thread of comments before a visit to a troubled Border Patrol facility in Texas by Democratic Reps. Ariana Tobin, ProPublica, "Civil Rights Groups Have Been Warning Facebook About Hate Speech In Secret Groups For Years," 2 July 2019 Ashley Bowling’s Historical Tours of Telluride brims with discoveries, including a visit to the site of Butch Cassidy’s first successful bank robbery (970-728-6639). Jeanine Barone, The Know, "Ride your bike on these Colorado railroad routes without fear of being run over by a train," 2 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'visit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about visit

Statistics for visit

Last Updated

11 Jul 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for visit

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for visit



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 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



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on visit

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for visit

Spanish Central: Translation of visit

Nglish: Translation of visit for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of visit for Arabic Speakers

Comments on visit

What made you want to look up visit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!