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 Deityvisit 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 During a conference call hosted by the American Bar Association's Center on Children and the Law, a juvenile-court judge suggested that when in-person visits again become the norm, there's no reason to abandon virtual visits. Arizona Republic, "Parents of foster children lose what that keeps them connected: In-person visits," 29 Apr. 2020 Michigan Detroit: Foster child placement agencies are facing new challenges because the governor’s stay-at-home order has blocked most birth parents from visiting their children in wake of coronavirus outbreak. USA TODAY, "Businesses reopen, parked planes, coughing criminals, Hasbro masks: News from around our 50 states," 27 Apr. 2020 When visiting him one day at The Stratford in Carmel, Joe Weingarten noticed the newspaper tucked under his uncle's arm. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel man born amid Spanish flu died of coronavirus. In between he escaped the Nazis.," 27 Apr. 2020 Learn more about LeVell by visiting the gallery’s website, which features a video walk-through of the show. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Arts: Coronavirus can’t stop L.A.'s most devoted museum fan," 25 Apr. 2020 On Friday, the governor of Osaka prefecture publicly revealed the names of six pachinko parlors that have not followed requests to shut down in an attempt to stop people from visiting the shops. Matthew Bodner, NBC News, "Moscow to test all medical personnel for immunity," 24 Apr. 2020 Beaches are open in Orange County, with slightly different guidelines and restrictions in each city, though parking lots will remain closed to discourage outsiders from visiting. Paul Vercammen And Jon Passantino, CNN, "Many Southern California beaches remain closed as heat wave hits," 24 Apr. 2020 They can be accessed via the Jobs menu when a player responds to Gerald's texts or by visiting his apartment in the game. Trilby Beresford, The Hollywood Reporter, "'GTA Online' Debuts Six New Contact Missions," 23 Apr. 2020 The order also blocked residents from visiting family or holding private gatherings with friends, with exceptions of providing care. Fox News, "Michigan Rep. Kildee defends Whitmer's coronavirus stay-at-home orders amid protests: 'I'm with the governor'," 20 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The visit comes as some Democrats, including some close allies, have grown impatient to see Biden publicly leave his Wilmington, Del., home and find ways to connect with voters, even in the era of social distancing. Katie Glueck,, "Biden, wearing mask, appears in public at a veterans memorial," 25 May 2020 The Cotton Bowl has already been forced to put a hold on a 35-year tradition, the visit of players from both teams to local children’s hospitals. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "While coronavirus has impacted college football, here’s the advantage bowl game operators have over schools, conferences," 23 May 2020 As a result, the patient visits and elective surgeries that primarily drive revenue dropped precipitously and left clinics reeling. Raga Justin,, "Survey: Texas doctors report drop in revenue since pandemic," 22 May 2020 Biden, who won Michigan's March 10 presidential primary and is the presumptive Democratic nominee to face Trump in the Nov. 3 general election, made the statement ahead of Trump's visit on Thursday afternoon to a Ford Motor Co. plant in Ypsilanti. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Joe Biden blasts Trump ahead of Michigan visit, chastises him for threats to funding," 21 May 2020 Trump's visit to Michigan marks his latest travel to a swing state in an effort to demonstrate his desire to get American back to work. Fox News, "From building trucks to ventilators, Ford's crisis response, worker pride on display during Trump's Mich. visit," 21 May 2020 The shopper is paired with a Best Buy employee who stays with the customer throughout the visit. Phil Wahba, Fortune, "How Best Buy’s new concierge service is making in-store shopping safer," 21 May 2020 People from all over the nation visit to honor the brave men and woman that are listed on the plaques that cover the walls. Amanda Jackson, CNN, "Video of skateboarder riding on top of San Diego memorial honoring military members sparks backlash," 21 May 2020 When Osburn arrived outside Monaghan's apartment with his roommate and a bottle of wine, the visit was monitored by Monaghan's skeptical and curious roommate, Amy Kaufman. Leigh Giangreco, Washington Post, "Date Lab: Yes, you actually can find love during a pandemic," 21 May 2020

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

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“Visit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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 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

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