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[viz-it] /ˈvɪz ɪt/
verb (used with object)
to go to and stay with (a person or family) or at (a place) for a short time for reasons of sociability, politeness, business, curiosity, etc.:
to visit a friend; to visit clients; to visit Paris.
to stay with as a guest.
to come or go to:
to visit a church for prayer.
to go to for the purpose of official inspection or examination:
a general visiting his troops.
to come to in order to comfort or aid:
to visit the sick.
to come upon; assail; afflict:
The plague visited London in 1665.
to cause trouble, suffering, etc., to come to:
to visit him with sorrows.
to access, as a website.
to inflict, as punishment, vengeance, etc. (often followed by on or upon).
verb (used without object)
to make a visit.
to talk or chat casually:
to visit on the phone with a friend.
to inflict punishment.
the act of or an instance of visiting:
a nice, long visit.
a chat or talk:
We had a good visit on the way back from the grocery store.
a call paid to a person, family, etc.
a stay or sojourn as a guest.
an official inspection or examination.
the act of an officer of a belligerent nation in boarding a vessel in order to ascertain the nature of its cargo, its nationality, etc.:
the right of visit and search.
Origin of visit
1175-1225; Middle English visiten (v.) (< Old French visiter) < Latin vīsitāre, frequentative of vīsere to go to see, itself frequentative of vidēre to see
Related forms
intervisit, verb (used without object)
nonvisiting, adjective
previsit, noun, verb
revisit, verb, noun
unvisited, adjective
unvisiting, adjective
Can be confused
visit, visitation. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for unvisited
Historical Examples
  • As we could not find out that there was much worth seeing in them, we left them unvisited.

  • Their country being so isolated and unvisited they were surly and independent.

    A Canyon Voyage Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
  • Far away to the north-west, a solitary heap of mountains marked the spot where the unvisited ruins of Bergeh are said to lie.

  • The object of the expedition was the survey of the regions which had hitherto been unvisited.

  • An unvisited oasis—and two Christian ladies to be the first to explore it: there's journalistic enterprise for you!

  • He said that nearly a year had elapsed since we had quitted Switzerland, and France was yet unvisited.

    Frankenstein Mary Shelley
  • But they had now reached the eastern-most limit of their progressstill leaving, as Hugh said, some Yarrow unvisited.

    Down the River to the Sea Agnes Maule Machar
  • The canyon was deserted and the water-hole where he drank was unvisited except by his mules.

    Wunpost Dane Coolidge
  • Here, in this secluded grove, unvisited by any other except her lover, Isabella lived for years.

    Clotelle William Wells Brown
  • Ev'n now I come from it: my journey led me Through lands as yet unvisited by war.

British Dictionary definitions for unvisited


verb -its, -iting, -ited
to go or come to see (a person, place, etc)
to stay with (someone) as a guest
to go or come to (an institution, place, etc) for the purpose of inspecting or examining
(transitive) (of a disease, disaster, etc) to assail; afflict
(transitive; foll by upon or on) to inflict (punishment, etc): the judge visited his full anger upon the defendant
(archaic) (transitive) usually foll by with. to afflict or plague (with punishment, etc)
(often foll by with) (US & Canadian, informal) to chat or converse (with someone)
the act or an instance of visiting
a stay as a guest
a professional or official call
a formal call for the purpose of inspection or examination
(international law) the right of an officer of a belligerent state to stop and search neutral ships in war to verify their nationality and ascertain whether they carry contraband: the right of visit and search
(US & Canadian, informal) a friendly talk or chat
Derived Forms
visitable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Latin vīsitāre to go to see, from vīsere to examine, from vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for unvisited



early 13c., "come to (a person) to comfort or benefit," from Old French visiter, from Latin visitare "to go to see, come to inspect," frequentative of visere "behold, visit" (a person or place), from past participle stem of videre "to see, notice, observe" (see vision). Originally of the deity, later of pastors and doctors (c.1300), general sense of "pay a call" is from 1620s. Meaning "come upon, afflict" (in reference to sickness, punishment, etc.) is recorded from mid-14c. Related: Visited; visiting.


1620s, from visit (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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