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

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 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Loan applicants can visit the fund's website to set up a 30-minute call with Ebiara, and an application will follow if approved during the initial step. Chanel Stitt, Detroit Free Press, 21 June 2022 For more information, visit Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 June 2022 An arborist will visit every tree in the public right of way and record the species, age and size of the tree. Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 Local women visit the property to hone their skills through training and workshops facilitated by Kuleshova. Jennifer Kester, Forbes, 20 June 2022 It was determined the Animal Protective League and health department visit the situation. cleveland, 19 June 2022 Vehicles with license plates ending with an odd number can visit on odd days of the month Vehicles with license plates ending with an even number, including zero, can enter on even days of the month. Bu Holly Yan And Raza Razek, CNN, 19 June 2022 Los Angeles gallery Blum & Poe, by then exclusively representing her, let people visit her first solo show with the gallery in March by appointment—including Mr. Gagosian, who invited the artist to dinner at his house in Beverly Hills. Kelly Crow, WSJ, 18 June 2022 Once the person threatening violence is identified, police officers visit the student’s home. Claire Bryan, San Antonio Express-News, 17 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In March 2021, the WHO released a report about COVID-19′s origins following a visit by international scientists to China. Drake Bentley, Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2022 The exercise came during a visit to Seoul by Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman, who promised a swift and forceful response if North Korea were to conduct a nuclear test, just as American and South Korean officials have warned of late. Dasl Yoon, WSJ, 10 June 2022 During the visit on Friday by a reporter and photographer, artillery shells slammed with a deafening bang into a park bordering the monastery, landscaped with yellow roses near the riverbank. New York Times, 6 June 2022 The launch also followed a visit to Seoul by the U.S. point man on North Korean affairs, U.S. Special Representative Sung Kim, who departed on Saturday. Fox News, 5 June 2022 Making the most of the attention-getting White House visit by BTS, the South Korean supergroup, President Joe Biden has tweeted out a video of their time together in the Oval Office. Brittany Gaddy, ABC News, 1 June 2022 Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday that Ankara and Riyadh were in agreement for a visit by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Turkey, but no date had been set yet. Abbas Al Lawati, CNN, 1 June 2022 Residents of Uvalde on Sunday commended the visit by Biden., 30 May 2022 Survivors, families of the victims and first responders will also be paid a visit by the nation’s comforter-in-chief. Camille Fine, USA TODAY, 29 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for visit


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


transitive verb
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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