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

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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


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

Hordes of tourists visiting Komodo National Park, the lizard’s stronghold, have also damaged the dragon’s habitat. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Komodo Dragons Have Skin That Looks Like Chain Mail," 17 Sep. 2019 In this exclusive clip from the film, Yi and her yeti companion visit the statue and mark the occasion with a violin performance — with magical results. Devan Coggan,, "Music and magic collide in Abominable sneak peek," 17 Sep. 2019 In the 14 years that scientists have been visiting and making close observations, the glacier front has backed up approximately 6 miles, equivalent to about 100 gigatons of ice flowing into the ocean. Denise Chow, NBC News, "My night stranded on the edge of Greenland's fast-melting Helheim Glacier," 17 Sep. 2019 When Arsenal visited Leigh Sports Village on Monday night, United controlled the majority of the first half., "​Man Utd Women Can Take Serious Positives From Start to WSL Season Despite 2 Defeats," 17 Sep. 2019 Call 216-524-7373 or visit the Civic Center, 6363 Selig Drive. Carol Kovach,, "Tri-C’s Encore Campus, Neighborhood Scholars programs enrich older adults: Sun Postings," 17 Sep. 2019 Consumers can contact General Mills at (800) 230-8103 or visit Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Gold Medal flour recall: Its 5-pound bags may contain E. coli," 17 Sep. 2019 Anybody’s Dream was the kind of place people visited every day, part convenience store, part community center. Dan Horn,, "How moving a man and his store out of OTR proved worthy of song," 17 Sep. 2019 Along the way, they are held captive by a mad farmer who treats them as quasi family and indentured servants, visit homeless camps and meet train-hopping hobos. Oline Cogdill,, "Book review: ‘This Tender Land’ a harrowing Depression-era coming-of-age tale," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The third trip was for another border wall visit and fundraiser in Southern California (April 2019). NBC News, "Trump expected to rake in $15 million in 24 hours in California," 17 Sep. 2019 My daughter, Alia, the happy outcome of a conjugal visit before such meetings were disallowed during the low point of the tough-on-crime Nineties, lives in San Francisco. Kenneth E. Hartman, Harper's magazine, "Life after Life," 16 Sep. 2019 Herb & Wood, San Diego Hernandez stumbled on this combination market and eatery on a recent visit and was charmed by the homey atmosphere with couch seating – and the toast. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Who needs guacamole? 10 great places that elevate avocado toast," 13 Sep. 2019 Those violations include failure to complete a log at the end of several patient visits. Guy Boulton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Series of inspections finds ongoing problems at Behavioral Health Division's hospital in Wauwatosa," 11 Sep. 2019 Sometimes the money laundering is very direct, as in federal payments to Trump properties for official visits and the cost of hosting an army of security officials. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Trump’s bid to bring G7 to his Doral resort would be illegal if he was anyone else," 11 Sep. 2019 Imagine having 16 surgeries, going to hundreds of doctors visits and taking thousands of pills. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Sarah Hyland and Wells Adams' Relationship," 11 Sep. 2019 In volleyball, The Lady Falcons (21-2) beat host Fort Bend Christian, Sept. 10, visit Cristo Rey Jesuit, Sept. 12, and participate in the F.A.S.T Tournament, Sept. 13-14. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Spring sports notebook: Spring ISD teams stay unbeaten," 11 Sep. 2019 Medicare covers about 80% of the costs of doctor visits and outpatient services; most seniors buy insurance to cover some or all of the remainder. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "Medicare-for-All Is Not Medicare, and Not Really for All. So What Does It Actually Mean?," 6 Sep. 2019

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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 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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to wander slowly or to speak indistinctly

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