- 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 visiting
In addition to visiting the tomb of John Paul, who died of natural causes in 2005, Agca asked to see his successor, Pope Francis.Pope-Shooter Ali Agca’s Very Weird Vatican Visit
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 29, 2014
Despite the long-existing travel ban, Americans have already been visiting Cuba by the droves.Up To Speed: The Cuba Embargo
December 18, 2014
In 2011, he was arrested while visiting his grandmother in Iran, charged with espionage, and sentenced to death.An American Marine in Iran’s Prisons Goes on Hunger Strike
December 18, 2014
The woman had accompanied a friend who was visiting her boyfriend when she met the inmate she would marry.Saying Yes to the Dress—Behind Bars
December 8, 2014
Belzberg had grown up learning about WWII and visiting Holocaust museums since she was a young girl.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
Now, I must say a word or two about my first impressions on visiting Melbourne.Explorations in Australia
For instance, my parents object to Sunday travelling and Sunday visiting.Life in London
Then of course you would have no objection to my visiting a duchess in the small-pox?Weighed and Wanting
In the end I was vexed, and resolved to be even with her by not visiting the wood for some time.Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
"Awful night for visiting," Martin announced roughly, as he took off his coat.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
- 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 visiting
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 visiting
see pay a call (visit).