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 \

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

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 The people who are running that own a local wine bar in town, so people will be able to visit them afterward. Annie Alleman,, "Long Grove hosts smaller chocolate fest with demos, yoga and of course sweet treats," 4 May 2021 Perhaps even more difficult for parents like de Jong are their children's interactions with peers -- like watching friends get picked up from school by their grandparents, while theirs still aren't allowed to visit. Blane Bachelor, CNN, "The desperate families still torn apart by Covid rules," 2 May 2021 As part of a gradual reopening, Americans are allowed to visit Greece as of April 19. Hannah Sampson, Star Tribune, "Seven European countries that Americans can travel to right now," 30 Apr. 2021 All Connecticut children would be allowed to visit museums in the state for free this summer, under Gov. Ned Lamont’s spending proposal for American Rescue Plan funds received by the state. Amanda Blanco,, "Connecticut children would get free admission to museums, zoos, aquariums this summer under proposal by Gov. Ned Lamont," 30 Apr. 2021 Not allowed to visit the bathroom, and given a bottle in which to urinate instead. Billy Perrigo, Time, "The Indian Government Is Silencing Critics Even As Its COVID-19 Crisis Surges," 29 Apr. 2021 Both parents are allowed to visit, and they are allowed to come and go, according to the HonorHealth website. Delaney White, The Arizona Republic, "New cameras at Scottsdale hospital let families see babies in the NICU from anywhere," 28 Apr. 2021 Summerville said she was finally allowed to visit Stokes about two weeks after the bite. Ashley Remkus |, al, "Alabama police dog bites man accused of shoplifting at Walmart. Doctors perform 5 surgeries to save his arm.," 23 Apr. 2021 One group of six people is allowed to visit for one hour daily. Britt Smith,, "Each of These Six Hikes Is a Point of Pride for Those Who Finish," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Last week, officers stationed in front of Riverdale Jewish Center failed to deter another visit from the suspect, who was seen on security video hurling rocks at the rear glass doors of the building on Monday. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, "NYC man charged with hate crime in vandalism spree at synagogues," 2 May 2021 For those of us who have spent the past year in New York City, moving trucks on the corner were as commonplace as a daily visit from the USPS truck. Rachel King, Fortune, "The new moving company that wants to bring a more human touch to a staid industry," 2 May 2021 But no one was counting on a visit from one of the NFL’s best players. cleveland, "Myles Garrett surprises Independence Primary School students with visit to see Browns mural," 30 Apr. 2021 The planning culminated with a visit from Dr. Sten Vermund, Dean of the Yale School of Public Health., "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 30 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, Mal, handcuffed in a supply tent, gets a visit from Kirigan. Olivia Truffaut-wong,, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From Shadow and Bone Season 1," 27 Apr. 2021 Shaw followed by walking after falling in an 0-2 hole, forcing Wong across with the first run and prompting a mound visit from Chicago's pitching coach. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 6, Cubs 0: Late offense, Woodruff seal Milwaukee's third series victory over Chicago," 25 Apr. 2021 But after a brief visit from a team trainer, Arroyo — who as a Giants prospect missed the final two months of the 2017 minor-league season due to a broken hand suffered on a hit-by-pitch — remained in the game., "Franchy Cordero’s struggles testing Red Sox patience as potential help closes in," 25 Apr. 2021 That prompts a mound visit from South Carolina's pitching coach. Seth Campbell, Arkansas Online, "Hogs win Game 3; take series from South Carolina," 24 Apr. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Visit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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 visit (audio) \; visiting\ ˈviz-​ət-​iŋ, ˈviz-​tiŋ How to pronounce visit (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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