visit

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verb

vis·​it ˈvi-zət How to pronounce visit (audio)
visited ˈvi-zə-təd How to pronounce visit (audio)
ˈviz-təd
; visiting ˈvi-zə-tiŋ How to pronounce visit (audio)
ˈviz-tiŋ

transitive verb

1
a
: 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
3
a(1)
: afflict
visited his people with distempersTobias 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 salvationCharles Wesley

intransitive verb

1
: to make a visit
also : to make frequent or regular visits
2
: chat, converse
enjoys visiting with the neighbors

visit

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noun

1
a
: 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

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 website. 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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
For more information: visit the website at www.gratomic.ca or contact: Arno Brand at abrand@gratomic.ca or (416) 561- 4095 Subscribe at gratomic.ca/contact/ to be added to our email list. Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024 The couple set out from Washington, D.C., after Thanksgiving in 2023 in an RV to visit national parks, and by the end of March, the couple was in Texas. Luis Giraldo, CBS News, 3 Apr. 2024 For those looking to quit tobacco and nicotine altogether for a healthier lifestyle, Moran recommends visiting a primary health care provider, as well as using resources provided online by the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center. Taylor Nicioli, CNN, 3 Apr. 2024 Advertisement To learn more about the Golden Mike Awards, visit rtnasocal.org. Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2024 For more information about the school and its offerings, visit its webpage. Janice Phelan, Kansas City Star, 3 Apr. 2024 To learn more about testing your well water, visit dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Wells/privateWellTest.html or contact your local health department. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 3 Apr. 2024 To submit a letter to the editor, visit freep.com/letters. Detroit Free Press, 3 Apr. 2024 Even when Kate was spotted in public for the first time since her surgery, visiting a farm shop last weekend, the bizarre conspiracy theories about her health and whereabouts continued to circulate unabated – even though they were easily debunked. Lauren Said-Moorhouse, CNN, 22 Mar. 2024
Noun
The Biden campaign, as a result, has scheduled visits for the president and a parade of surrogates through Arizona. Laura Gersony, The Arizona Republic, 4 Apr. 2024 The decision came after Perez made a second visit to Dr. Keith Meister on Thursday, about two weeks following his initial visit after experiencing elbow discomfort during spring training. Jordan McPherson, Miami Herald, 4 Apr. 2024 Offstage and in the crowd, influential fans and collaborators like Léa Seydoux and Spike Jonze take in repeat visits, with devotee Marion Cotillard well onto her fifth performance. Ben Croll, Variety, 4 Apr. 2024 Republicans hit back at Harris’s visit in a statement ahead of her appearance. Mary Ramsey, Charlotte Observer, 4 Apr. 2024 The hack roiled Washington and gave Chinese operatives access to the unclassified email accounts of senior US diplomats, including US Ambassador to China Nicholas Burns, on the eve of a high-profile visit by Secretary of State Antony Blinken to China last June, CNN has reported. Krystal Hur, CNN, 4 Apr. 2024 On a recent visit, a frigid wind blew through the rib-cage frame of an empty gazebo, past a brick cabana bar and public restrooms with no running water because the pipes could still freeze. Michael Wilson, New York Times, 3 Apr. 2024 During a visit to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Monday, the Merrily We Roll Along star, 39, told the host about an epic moment that happened in his dressing room thanks to Meryl Streep. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 2 Apr. 2024 Chinese officials in recent days have slammed the tunnel project and Modi’s visit to the state, accusing New Delhi of taking steps to undermine peace along the border. Simone McCarthy, CNN, 22 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French visiter, from Latin visitare, frequentative of visere to go to see, frequentative of vidēre to see

First Known Use

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3d

Noun

1621, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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

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Cite this Entry

“Visit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/visit. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

visit

1 of 2 verb
vis·​it ˈviz-ət How to pronounce visit (audio)
visited ˈviz-ət-əd How to pronounce visit (audio)
ˈviz-təd
; visiting ˈviz-ət-iŋ How to pronounce visit (audio)
ˈviz-tiŋ
1
: to go to see in order to comfort or help
visit the sick
2
a
: to pay a call upon as an act of friendship or courtesy
b
: to go or come to see on business
c
: to live with for a time as a guest
3
: to go to for pleasure
visit the zoo
4
: to make a visit or frequent or regular visits
5
: chat entry 1 sense 1
enjoys visiting with the neighbors

visit

2 of 2 noun
1
: a brief stay : call
a visit with friends
2
: a stay as a guest
a weekend visit
3
: a journey to and brief stay at a place especially for a particular purpose
a visit to the museum
4
: an official or professional call (as of a doctor to treat a patient)
Etymology

Verb

Middle English visiten "to go to a person especially to give comfort," from early French visiter (same meaning), derived from Latin visere "to go to see," from vidēre "to see" — related to vision

Medical Definition

visit

1 of 2 transitive verb
vis·​it ˈviz-ət How to pronounce visit (audio)
1
: to go to attend (a patient)
2
: to go to see (as a physician or dentist) for professional service

visit

2 of 2 noun
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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