- 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).
- 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
Examples from the Web for visit
You will have your beloved father back sooner than you think, and you can visit and communicate with him all the while.Abramoff’s Advice for Virginia’s New Jailhouse Guv
Tim Mak, Jackie Kucinich
January 7, 2015
He hasn't bothered to visit Iguala, the place where the students were abducted and killed.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
From his purview, our visit and interest had brought excitement to him and his peers.Cuban Hip-Hop Was Born in Alamar
December 26, 2014
Both Prados have enough magic that, after you visit them, the whole world feels like their gift shop for a few hours.
Her son peeked out the window and told me his mother had left Havana for La Lisa to visit a dying relative.
And were you as unhappy as you expected to be during this visit?
He dislikes to have me visit Aspasia; and was angry because I danced with Alcibiades.
Of all countries in the world, there is none I so much wish to visit as Persia.
Kate and Harry, meanwhile, awaited their opportunity to go in and visit Aunt Jane.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
At any rate, he was stouter than when he appeared on his first visit.Explorations in Australia
- 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
- (tr) (of a disease, disaster, etc) to assail; afflict
- (tr; foll by upon or on) to inflict (punishment, etc)the judge visited his full anger upon the defendant
- (tr usually foll by with) archaic to afflict or plague (with punishment, etc)
- (often foll by with) US and 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 contrabandthe right of visit and search
- US and Canadian informal a friendly talk or chat
Word Origin and History for visit
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.).
Idioms and Phrases with visit
see pay a call (visit).