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

The family has nurtured his nearly six-year recovery in secret, and those former racing associates who have visited with Schumacher have refused to make any public comments about his condition. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, "Trailer for Documentary about Formula 1 Legend Michael Schumacher to Show at Cannes," 13 May 2019 View this post on Instagram Game Of Thrones break to visit the family. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Matthew Koma, Hilary Duff's Fiancé?," 9 May 2019 Or a plane ticket to Ireland to visit the museum where the world’s first fax machine is on display. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "Stop Wasting Money on Unnecessary Monthly Subscriptions," 8 May 2019 Neither The Prince of Wales nor the Duchess of Cornwall have yet to visit Meghan or Harry, though. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Real Reason Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles Haven’t Visited the Royal Baby Yet," 7 May 2019 With your planetary ruler, warrior Mars, in soft-hearted Cancer, you are compelled to visit family. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What Your Sign’s May Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "Trump’s secret trip to Iraq didn’t quite go as planned," 27 Dec. 2018 The weekly Thursday evening Art Walk is the best time to visit, with folkloric dance performances and artists selling their work in the square. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to the Baja Peninsula," 29 Mar. 2019 And with the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show on the horizon, there may be no better time to visit this lively locale. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Helped Make London 2019’s “Top Destination”," 28 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Grandfather Prince Charles will be paying a visit a few days later. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Here’s Why Kate Middleton and Prince William Haven’t Met Baby Archie Yet," 13 May 2019 Meghan added that the family ran into the Duke of Edinburgh on their way to meet the cameras, but would soon be paying a visit to the queen. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Inside Duchess Meghan & Prince Harry's Intimate Photo Shoot with Baby Sussex," 8 May 2019 At Christmastime the local égoutier (sewer worker) paid the family a visit. WSJ, "The Tipping Points Seem to Come More Aggressively," 27 Feb. 2019 Having repairs done outside the manufacturer’s dealer network or even missing a scheduled maintenance visit can be enough to void a CPO warranty. Car and Driver, "A Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Could Be a Great Deal," 22 Jan. 2019 Ghost enthusiasts should pay a visit to Old Town Pizza & Brewing, which sits right above the tunnels. Condé Nast Traveler, "8 Most Haunted Cities In America and Why You Should Visit," 18 Oct. 2018 Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki paid a visit last week to Judge Malgorzata Gersdorf at the Supreme Court, who is at the center of the conflict. Fox News, "EU takes Poland to its top court over judicial reform," 24 Sep. 2018 According to various sources and reports, the Seahawks had three players in for visits late last week: edge rusher/linebacker Nick Perry, defensive tackle Earl Mitchell and linebacker/fullback Nick Bellore. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks free-agent visit tracker: Former USC, O’Dea High standout Taylor Mays added to the list," 2 Apr. 2019 The Duchess of Cambridge previously stepped out in the ankle boots for a visit to King Henry’s Walk Community Garden in Islington in January. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Jokes About Changing from High Heels to Combat Boots," 29 Mar. 2019

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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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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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