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

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms for visit

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Team doctors also weren’t allowed to visit with prospects at their pro days, and teams were not allowed to invite players to their facilities for pre-draft visits., "Getting hands-on medical examinations is not so easy in this year’s NFL Draft," 10 Apr. 2021 Nwankpa is also set to officially visit Notre Dame on June 18. Kyle Kelly, cleveland, "Ohio State football making headway at safety with visits and more offers: Buckeyes Recruiting Roundup," 9 Apr. 2021 Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is expected to visit two Texas border towns on Thursday. Ronn Blitzer, Fox News, "More than 1,300 migrant children are being held at coliseum where sexual abuse is alleged," 8 Apr. 2021 Owens is the second member of Utah’s congressional delegation to visit the border this year. Matt Canham, The Salt Lake Tribune, "During border visit, Burgess Owens warns that migrants are ‘coming to your neighborhood’," 7 Apr. 2021 The home-and-home series will take place in 2025 and 2026, with the Sooners scheduled to visit Ann Arbor on Sept. 12, 2026. Orion Sang, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan football adds Central Michigan, New Mexico to 2025 schedule," 7 Apr. 2021 Seniors in nursing homes had to visit with family through plate glass windows. Allison Hope, CNN, "World Health Day: 5 things the pandemic has revealed about well-being," 7 Apr. 2021 Actor Jennifer Garner and First Lady Jill Biden are scheduled to visit Birmingham on Friday, a month after their Alabama appearance was postponed after the March tornadoes that ravaged the state, the White House announced Tuesday. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Jennifer Garner, Jill Biden visit to Birmingham set for Friday," 7 Apr. 2021 The president is scheduled to visit a vaccination site in Virginia on Tuesday afternoon. Bo Erickson, CBS News, "81% of teachers vaccinated or have appointments, according to union survey," 6 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Harris’s lack of a visit to the border or holding a press conference on the issue has sparked the ire of Republicans, with many sounding off on social media. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "White House defends Kamala Harris's trip to Chicago bakery amid criticisms she hasn't yet visited border," 7 Apr. 2021 The right tiny glass bottles, which will make your bathroom look like a chic apothecary, can transform your face better than almost anything, short of a visit to the dermatologist. Jenny Singer, Glamour, "The Ordinary Peeling Solution Completely Transformed My Skin," 2 Apr. 2021 Much of the data was collected by Chinese scientists ahead of the visit and then analyzed by the joint team. Washington Post, "WHO Wuhan report leaves question of coronavirus origins unresolved," 29 Mar. 2021 Pro tips: Even though the entrance fee to Bill Frederick Park is nominal, plan to make a day of the visit and explore multiple activities available within the park. Patrick Connolly,, "Florida Fresh Air: Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake is meant for all types of recreation," 26 Mar. 2021 Unions must serve notice to the grower of a visit and file a copy with the labor board, beginning a 30-day access period. Jess Bravin, WSJ, "Cesar Chavez’s Labor Organizing Legacy at Stake in Supreme Court Case," 21 Mar. 2021 Few details of Mayorkas’ visit were immediately available. Dallas News, "Homeland Security chief heads to El Paso to check out migrant situation," 19 Mar. 2021 One of the joys of a visit to Napa or the Willamette Valley is the ability to pop from winery to winery with ease. Katie Kelly Bell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Urban Wine Trails Are Popping Up Across the U.S., from Seattle to Brooklyn," 19 Mar. 2021 Luxembourg has not restricted its border from other European visitors, regardless of the purpose of the visit, although travel from outside Europe is banned except for those visitors from the countries deemed low risk by the EU. Alex Ledsom, Forbes, "Third Wave Proving Hard To Stem: March EU Travel Restrictions, Covid-19 Test Requirements, Quarantine By Country," 17 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'visit.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about visit

Time Traveler for visit

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for visit

Last Updated

12 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Visit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for visit



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on visit

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for visit

Nglish: Translation of visit for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of visit for Arabic Speakers

Comments on visit

What made you want to look up visit? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!