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 To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit Kaitlin Reilly,, "Vanessa Bryant Breaks Silence On Instagram," 29 Jan. 2020 On the morning of Sept. 11 last year, about two dozen family members of those killed in the terror attacks filed into the White House to visit with President Donald Trump. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Operation Encore and the Saudi Connection: A Secret History of the 9/11 Investigation," 23 Jan. 2020 And just last week, the royal couple visited Bradford, kicking off what is to be a year filled with events. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Steps Out in a Stylish Camel Coat," 22 Jan. 2020 Men UIndy 81, Bellarmine 76, OT: The visiting Greyhounds scored the final five points of the game to knock off Div. Staff Reports, Indianapolis Star, "State college basketball: IU women fall to Maryland," 21 Jan. 2020 Jennifer Azzi, a close friend of the Warriors and the former women’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco, told Kerr last year that Jones was a visiting professor at San Francisco and was available for speaking engagements. Connor Letourneau,, "How a visit from Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech writer resonated with the Warriors," 20 Jan. 2020 That beef led to Money’s signature moment in Metro Detroit – as a member of the visiting Nets on Oct. 13, 1978. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, "Sekou Doumbouya may pan out; here's how Detroit Pistons have fared with other teenagers," 20 Jan. 2020 Odds last updated at 10:15 a.m. ET. Prediction Blue Jackets 3, Rangers 2 Back the visiting BLUE JACKETS (+105) at plus-money as road underdogs. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Columbus Blue Jackets at New York Rangers odds, picks and best bets," 19 Jan. 2020 Instead, Cora and other members of the baseball operations staff enjoyed kibitzing with Celtics coach Brad Stevens, a visiting dignitary to Fenway in one of the organization’s busiest — and in some ways, most exciting — weeks of the year. Alex Speier,, "Inside Alex Cora’s departure from the Red Sox," 18 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During the second of two visits to Minerve, his team placed a memorial plaque on the vessel that rests 2,250 feet below the surface. Dallas News, "After record deep-sea dive, Dallas’ Victor Vescovo is returning to the bottom of the ocean," 5 Feb. 2020 That means Deandra, Kiarra and Savannah are going home, and will miss out on the gang's visit to Costa Rica. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'The Bachelor' recap: Peter cuts six women amid intensifying Alayah, Kelsey drama," 4 Feb. 2020 DeRozan has played well recently, averaging 32.7 points per game over his last three and has really impressed in recent visits to Los Angeles. Geoff Clark, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "NBA Player Prop Bet Payday: DeRozan motivated to ball in hometown LA," 3 Feb. 2020 During an overnight visit to the carrier, McKenzie spoke with commanders, sailors and aviators about their goal of deterring further Iranian actions against the United States and its partners. Missy Ryan,, "Iran has ‘deescalated,’ but threat of retaliation remains, general says," 2 Feb. 2020 The album has spent a total of three weeks at No. 1, all in separate one-week visits to the top. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Roddy Ricch Returns to No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart, Billie Eilish Surges Post-Grammys," 2 Feb. 2020 Louisiana Tech was expected to have a few key prospects in on official visits in the final two weekends before signing day. Brett Vito, Denton Record-Chronicle, "UNT/C-USA signing day update," 29 Jan. 2020 The results of subsequent visits to doctors were also inconclusive. Meryl Davids Landau, Woman's Day, "Mental Health Issues Are the Menopausal Side Affect We're Not Talking About," 27 Jan. 2020 Details about Dorak's visit to Markle's Vancouver residence haven't been shared. Halie Lesavage, Glamour, "Meghan Markle, a True Friend, Volunteered for Airport Pickup Duty," 18 Jan. 2020

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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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7 Feb 2020

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“Visit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Feb. 2020.

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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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