[ vee-zuh ]
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noun,plural vi·sas.
  1. an endorsement issued by an authorized representative of a country and marked in a passport, permitting the passport holder to enter, travel through, or reside in that country for a specified amount of time, for the purpose of tourism, education, employment, etc.

verb (used with object),vi·saed, vi·sa·ing.
  1. to give a visa to; approve a visa for.

  2. to put a visa on (a passport).

Origin of visa

1830–40; <French, short for Latin carta vīsa “the document (has been) seen”; vīsa, feminine past participle of vidēre “to see, look at”

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/ (ˈviːzə) /

nounplural -sas
  1. an endorsement in a passport or similar document, signifying that the document is in order and permitting its bearer to travel into or through the country of the government issuing it

  2. any sign or signature of approval

verb-sas, -saing or -saed (tr)
  1. to enter a visa into (a passport)

  2. to endorse or ratify

Origin of visa

C19: via French from Latin vīsa things seen, from vīsus, past participle of vidēre to see

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