vis·it | \ˈvi-zət \
visited\ˈvi-zə-təd, ˈviz-təd \; visiting\ˈvi-zə-tiŋ, 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 & Antonyms for visit

Synonyms: Verb

frequent, habituate, hang (at), haunt, resort (to)

Synonyms: Noun

sojourn, stay

Antonyms: Verb

avoid, shun

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Shortly after getting re-established in Wisconsin, Yurk began visiting antique shops and buying old fishing tackle. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Retro outing proves fishing fun - and gear - is timeless," 14 July 2018 Local school groups visit at least once a year, Washington said, as do members of Till’s family, who mark significant anniversaries of Emmett’s slaying with ceremonies. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "'Trayvon Martin before Trayvon Martin': 63 years after slaying, Emmett Till still visited daily at Alsip cemetery," 13 July 2018 Teachers must verify their status, email and ZIP code by visiting, which will go live staring July 15, Target said in a Tweet. Doreen Christensen,, "Teachers get special discount at Target Teachers Prep Event starting July 15," 13 July 2018 To register, visit For more information, contact Laura Barr at or 630-584-6166. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville News Digest," 13 July 2018 Pocan first floated the idea of introducing the bill late last month after visiting the U.S.-Mexico border. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "House Democrats Refuse to Take Bait on ‘Abolish ICE’ Vote Arranged by GOP," 13 July 2018 That’s part of what is so appealing to Legum, who came up as a blogger in the early aughts, when loyal readers visited and often commented on their favorite blogs every day. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Judd Legum Wants to Fix News With a Newsletter," 12 July 2018 For information, call 630-898-7990 or visit Joy Davis, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora church to celebrate anniversary," 12 July 2018 The British pop star and heart throb visited San Jose’s SAP Center on Wednesday, the third from last on his global tour. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Harry Styles Helps Fan Come Out at San Jose Show," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The tour debuted in 1995 and made its first visit to the Noblesville amphitheater in 2001. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Joan Jett added to lineup of local Warped Tour date," 13 July 2018 Churchill has been in the news this week amid President Donald Trump’s first visit to the U.K. since winning the 2016 Presidential Election. James Rogers, Fox News, "Never-before-seen Winston Churchill WWII photos surface," 13 July 2018 For example, my current derm, Michele Farber, M.D., of Schweiger Dermatology in New York City, pushes drugstore-staple CeraVe samples on me after every visit. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, SELF, "The 9 Best Skin-Care Tips I’ve Learned in 10 Years of Being a Beauty Editor," 13 July 2018 Her remarks on Trump’s family separation policy were made during her first visit to South America to kickstart the expansion of her education charity, the Malala Fund, into Latin America, Reuters reports. Laignee Barron, Time, "Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai Criticizes the Trump Administration's 'Inhumane' Family Separation Policy," 12 July 2018 President Trump is hours away from making his first official visit to the U.K. since assuming office in 2017. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "President Trump Will Meet Queen Elizabeth II on Friday. Here's What He Should—and Shouldn't Do," 12 July 2018 And a year ago, during his first visit to its Belgium headquarters, Trump initially declined to explicitly support the organization’s defense agreement. Jill Colvin, The Seattle Times, "Trump lands in Europe, says Putin ‘easiest’ of his meetings," 10 July 2018 At the Caribbean Caucus, King said his first official visit as governor would be to Haiti. Anthony Man,, "Democratic governor candidates seek edge for final sprint to primary," 2 July 2018 Xi made his remarks while meeting Mattis on Wednesday in Beijing, the first such visit by a U.S. defense chief in more than four years., "Xi Warns Mattis China Won’t Surrender ‘One Inch’ of Territory," 28 June 2018

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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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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 \
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 \
visited\ˈviz-ət-əd, ˈviz-təd \; visiting\ˈviz-ət-iŋ, ˈviz-tiŋ \

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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