- 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 visited
A few months later, after their children were born, we visited the men and women again.How Good Dads Can Change the World
Gary Barker, PhD, Michael Kaufman
January 6, 2015
During the height of his disenchantment, he visited his hometown where an old friend gave him some liquid acid.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy
December 27, 2014
According to police sources, was believed to have visited New York City sometime last week.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
That is why I visited my relatives in Iran in 2011, when I was unjustly arrested and charged with espionage.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
His grandfather, a pastor, had visited the church decades before—in the 1980s—when the church was popular within the community.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
Pericles had not visited his son since his return to perfect consciousness.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
We visited him at Winchester, and found him sorely old and with failing wits.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
There was no one in sight, but it was evident that a party from an American ship had visited the island.Brave and Bold
It was on this errand that she first visited Boston—we believe in the winter of 1858-59.Harriet, The Moses of Her People
Sarah H. Bradford
They visited all the other stalls, eight of them, and listened to Mike's eulogies on the inmates.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- 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 visited
1620s, from visit (v.).
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.
Idioms and Phrases with visited
see pay a call (visit).