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

If any other distillers are reading this, come visit us. Connie Baker, Popular Mechanics, "This Zero-Waste Distillery Saves 4 Million Gallons of Water Per Year—and Still Makes Delicious Stuff," 9 June 2019 To this day, many of the thousands who visit the museum—to stand in awe before a bust of Babe Ruth or Jackie Robinson—believe baseball was invented in Cooperstown, one day in 1839, by Abner Doubleday. The Economist, "Baseball and exceptionalism," 8 June 2019 As CEO Daily readers who have visited China recently will know, WeChat (or Weixin, 微信, as it is known in Chinese) has become an indispensable part of everyday life in modern China. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "How China's Most Popular App Spies on Users for Beijing," 8 June 2019 Xavier visits Magneto at the end of the film, and the two play chess with glass pieces. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Let's Talk About the Ending of Dark Phoenix," 7 June 2019 In 1992, the then–28-year-old writer was visiting Chicago when the Bosnian War broke out, wreaking destruction in his country and stranding him in what would become his adopted home. Ryu Spaeth, The New Republic, "Aleksandar Hemon’s Lost Eden," 6 June 2019 Prosecutors said MacNamara and co-defendant Kristen Demar of Citrus Heights (Sacramento County) visited Sylvester at Folsom in August 2016 to smuggle methamphetamine, cell phones and tobacco. Bob Egelko,, "U.S. attorney charges California Aryan Brotherhood members with murder, drug sales," 6 June 2019 For additional information or to leave words of sympathy please visit Verna's tribute page at, "Verna M. Paradis," 5 June 2019 The woman was attacked while visiting her mother at Prairie Estates Apartments, a senior-living community on Jones Avenue, neighbors said. Nicole Asbury, kansascity, "62-year-old woman was shot several times fighting off four muggers but kept her purse," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hibner and his family flew to Michigan on Saturday, although his visit didn't begin until Sunday morning. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football 2020 TE Matthew Hibner commits after Ann Arbor visit seals deal," 10 June 2019 But the bathroom is a room that everyone in your household visits daily — and giving your bathroom a facelift is also a great way to boost your home’s resale value. Stepfanie Romine,, "Remodel your bathroom — for less money, with less mess and in less time," 10 June 2019 Many of them pay regular visits to Santa Catalina Island, car-free but busy, about 90 miles southeast. Christopher Reynolds,, "On Santa Cruz, California’s largest island, foxes play and a traffic jam is 6 kayaks," 9 June 2019 The Vanity Fair cover was part of a larger perception that O’Rourke’s presidential campaign was built around little more than skateboarding and live-streaming his visit to his dentist hygienist. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Beto’s Bet on Iowa," 9 June 2019 Bulger described making regular visits to a mall near their apartment in Santa Monica. NBC News, "'Whitey' Bulger prison letters: Love for Trump, disdain for Mueller," 8 June 2019 Despite regular visits to the local precinct, Autumn can’t get anyone to keep looking for Summer. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "9 mysteries and thrillers to give you an adrenaline rush this summer," 7 June 2019 My recovery protocol was fairly standard: A few days in the hospital, regular visits to a cardiologist, and a regimen of medications designed to prevent another attack. Donna Blass,, "I Had a Perfectly Normal EKG at My Check-Up—and the Next Day I Had a Heart Attack," 7 June 2019 He and Yana pay regular visits to Promise Christian Academy, a school for special needs children. Alex Prewitt,, "How St. Louis Became the Hometown Vladimir Tarasenko Envisioned From the Start," 5 June 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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