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

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

Synonyms: Noun

sojourn, stay, tarry

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

But when The Wall Street Journal visited the park last month, Pemon leaders said the government had offered them no alternatives to mining, and many plan to continue. Kejal Vyas |, WSJ, "Desperate Venezuelans Dig Up Paradise in Search of Gold," 20 Nov. 2018 Yousafzai, who has been living in Britain since her attack, visited her hometown in March 2017. Munir Ahmed, The Seattle Times, "Group says millions of Pakistani girls deprived of education," 13 Nov. 2018 Kate wore it again to the Diplomatic Reception in 2016, and also to a state banquet when King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain visited the United Kingdom in 2017. Temi Adebowale, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is Wearing the Lover's Knot Tiara at the State Banquet," 23 Oct. 2018 The Air Force continues to survey damage at Tyndall, with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson, Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein, and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth Wright visiting the base on Sunday. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "More Than a Dozen F-22s May Have Been Damaged or Destroyed by Hurricane Michael," 15 Oct. 2018 Over the next year, Ronda called and visited her often. Serena Solomon, Woman's Day, "Breast Cancer Changed Ronda Carter's Life; Now, She's Doing the Same for Others," 24 Sep. 2018 Another contributing factor is that today, China is simply easier to visit than ever before. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "By 2030, This Will Be The Most Visited Country in the World," 8 Nov. 2018 They're set to visit three cities—Wellington, Auckland, and Rotorua—over the course of their four-day stay. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore an Olive Green Shirtdress to the Invictus Games Closing Ceremony," 27 Oct. 2018 For homes, hotels and everything in between, visit Condé Naste Traveler: Post, "The Best Summer Road Trips," 26 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

When asked if his visit to Greendale took place before or after his recent death in the show, series creator Roberto Augirre-Sacasa said that things aren't so easy in this world. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Here's the 'Riverdale' Crossover During 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' That You Probably Missed," 29 Oct. 2018 The royal tour is drawing to a close, with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry heading to New Zealand for some of their last visits. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Wears a Dark Pink BOSS Dress, and Keeps Touching Her Baby Bump," 28 Oct. 2018 Older kids will likely wrap up their door-to-door visits around 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., or the time stated by your local curfew laws. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "What Time Does Trick-or-Treating Start?," 19 Oct. 2018 It's widely reported that Pippa is due in October, but her visit today only lasted a short while. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Inside the Lindo Wing at St Mary's Where Kate Middleton Gave Birth," 5 Oct. 2018 The Chicago Fire suffered their third consecutive defeat after losing in their visit to FC Dallas, 3-1 Saturday with most of their starters getting the night off in the third of four games in a 12-day stretch. Juan Pimiento,, "10-man Chicago Fire drop their 3rd straight against FC Dallas," 14 July 2018 My next visit Despite Enzo’s lovely ambiance, the eatery doesn’t quite feel like a speakeasy, thanks to the large dining room (and mammoth directional signs outside). Lauren Delgado,, "Enzo's Hideaway offers Italian fare paired with prohibition-style cocktails," 14 July 2018 On his recent two-day royal visit to Dublin, Ireland, with Meghan Markle, the newlyweds spent more than 20 minutes greeting fans on their stop to Trinity College on Wednesday. Maura Hohman,, "See Prince Harry's Trick for Greeting an Entire Crowd of Fans at Once!," 12 July 2018 Later today, the president begins his visit to Britain, where thousands plan to demonstrate against him., "Today: The Tussles in Brussels," 12 July 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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