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 For the second time in as many seasons, the Kansas City Chiefs are touchdown favorites ahead of their high-profile game Sunday against the visiting Ravens, according to Las Vegas sportsbooks. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens are touchdown underdogs (again) in return to Kansas City, but high-scoring game expected," 17 Sep. 2019 In the visiting Browns' victory, Beckham caught six passes for 161 yards and one touchdown. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Browns post Monday night victory over Jets," 17 Sep. 2019 Israel places onerous security restrictions on Palestinians in the West Bank that prevent many from traveling abroad, visiting friends and family in Jerusalem or the Gaza Strip. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "It's Israel's election but here's why Donald Trump is the 'King of Israel'," 16 Sep. 2019 The visiting Tritons swept 25-13, 25-17, 26-24 in Monday’s nonleague match in Anaheim. Daily Pilot, "High School Roundup: Estancia girls’ golf remains unbeaten with win over Westminster," 16 Sep. 2019 According to Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko, the visit was a surprise; the Cup was traveling around St. Louis visiting hospitals that day, but it wasn’t supposed to appear on the same floor as his wife and new son. Joan Niesen,, "How Vladimir Tarasenko’s Son Took a Secret Stanley Cup Nap—Before the Blues Won," 16 Sep. 2019 On September 10th students at the University of Zimbabwe had been told to vacate their dormitories to make room for visiting dignitaries. The Economist, "A sad, tawdry end for Robert Mugabe," 15 Sep. 2019 Splitting the uprights from 22 yards out, Vargas’ field goal gave the visiting Colts a 21-18 victory over the San Leandro Pirates at Burrell Field. C.j. Peterson, The Mercury News, "Logan beats San Leandro at the gun: ‘Biggest win we’ve ever had’," 14 Sep. 2019 For employers, accommodations for an older worker could be as simple as rearranging vacations to align with an employee’s visiting grandchildren. Amy Lindgren, Twin Cities, "Working Strategies: Oh grow up! Acting your age at work," 14 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To send online condolences to the family, kindly visit, "Arthur J. Kelley Jr.," 17 Sep. 2019 The Gators will end the regular season with a visit from Florida State, giving UF three in-state schools on the schedule for the first time since 2003, when Miami, Florida A&M and FSU were on the schedule. Edgar Thompson,, "Gators to host FAU in 2021, one of three Florida schools on season schedule," 17 Sep. 2019 Royal visits Lutheran South, the only private school on its schedule, this week to continue non-district play. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Katy notebook: Taylor makes big plays in win against Deer Park," 16 Sep. 2019 The unveiling ceremony prompted a wave of media attention, a visit from President Bill Clinton, and a fund-raising drive. Brooke Jarvis, The New Yorker, "Who Speaks for Crazy Horse?," 16 Sep. 2019 Service — very attentive one visit, forgetful (and perhaps overwhelmed) the next — could be more consistent. Phil Vettel,, "Review: Mercado Cocina brings serious Mexican food to an unlikely location," 12 Sep. 2019 Eric Trump, who helps oversee its operations, visits frequently, along with his own Secret Service detail. David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, "Inside the Military’s 5-Star Layovers at a Trump Resort in Scotland," 12 Sep. 2019 There was an unannounced private visit between Kate and Richard Curtis just yesterday, which IMMEDIATELY had royal fans speculating excitedly about what that might mean. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Kate Middleton Met With the Director of 'Love Actually' for a Special Project," 12 Sep. 2019 Those included strip searches following family visits, shackling, imposed silence at meals, and confinement to cells as a disciplinary measure. Joaquin Palomino,, "Attorney, youth, public officials detail disturbing conditions in SF juvenile hall," 11 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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31 Oct 2019

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

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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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