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 For more information, visit or call 860-890-9344. Ted Glanzer, Hartford Courant, 16 May 2022 To see a list of all current recalls, visit the USA TODAY recall database. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 16 May 2022 For more information on the auction and sweepstakes, visit Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 16 May 2022 For more information or to book your tickets, visit CluedUpp's website. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 16 May 2022 For those seeking safe hiking tips and essential gear, the department said, people can visit this website. Matt Yan,, 16 May 2022 Here are some unique stays in the Sunshine State (prices per night vary; visit the listing page for more information on each stay). Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 15 May 2022 Addy’s Bistro is at 13771 Danielson St. Call (858) 883-4556; visit Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 For more info and to tune into each of Fjällräven’s virtual Classics, visit Outside Online, 15 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador returned from a visit to Havana this month and announced the next day that the U.S. had agreed with Caracas to buy one million barrels of Venezuelan crude daily. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 16 May 2022 Moll’s decision to back off of his verbal pledge to the Knights comes the same day that UCF hosted Kansas State transfer and former Maryland linebacker Branden Jennings for a visit to campus. Jason Beede, Orlando Sentinel, 16 May 2022 Much of the crowd lingers in the parking lot afterward as players, still sweaty and dusty in their uniforms, return for another visit. Los Angeles Times, 16 May 2022 The idea for barbecue ramen came about organically when a member of the Tatsu-Ya team in Austin returned from a visit to Lockhart with brisket, which made its way into ramen for the staff's family meal. Megha Mcswain, Chron, 15 May 2022 For walks or bike rides along the lake, mountain biking, water and winter activities or for a visit steeped in gastronomy and wellness, Thun is a destination made for lovers of nature and wide open spaces. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 15 May 2022 Hadid posted photos from the visit on Instagram, and while Kalman was not pictured, the duo was photographed arriving at the shelter together in photos obtained by the Daily Mail. Amy Mackelden,, 11 May 2022 Duchess Kate and Prince William are in Scotland for a visit that will take them through a round of outings focused on mental health. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 May 2022 In November, the girl had refused to come to the phone for a telehealth visit. New York Times, 10 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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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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