A family come to visit grandma.
- An example of to visit is going hiking in Patagonia.
- An example of to visit is staying with your parents for the holidays.
- to go or come to see (someone) out of friendship or for social reasons
- to stay with as a guest for a time
- to go or come to see in a professional or business capacity: to visit a doctor (or a patient)
- to go or come to (a place) in order to inspect or investigate
- to go or come to for a time so as to make use of, look at, etc.: to visit an art gallery
- to occur or come to: visited by an odd idea
- to bring suffering, trouble, etc. to; assail: a drought visited the land
- to inflict (punishment, suffering, etc.) upon someone
- to afflict (with punishment, suffering, etc.)
- to inflict punishment for (wrongdoing); avenge: visiting the sins of the fathers upon the children
Origin of visitMiddle English visiten from Old French visiter from Classical Latin visitare, frequentative from visere, to go to see from visus: see vision
- to inflict punishment or revenge
- to make a social call or calls: often used with with
- to stay with someone as a guest
- Informal to converse or chat, as during a visit
- a social call
- a stay as a guest; sojourn
- an official or professional call, as of a doctor
- an official call as for inspection or investigation
- Informal a friendly conversation
- Maritime Law the boarding of a ship of a neutral nation by an officer of a nation at war to search it for contraband, etc.
verbvis·it·ed, vis·it·ing, vis·its
- a. To go to see or spend time with (someone); call on socially: visit friends.b. To go to see in order to aid or console: visit the sick and dying.c. To stay with (someone) as a guest.d. To go to see in an official or professional capacity: visited the dentist; a priest visiting his parishioners.
- a. To go to see or spend time at (a place) with a certain intent: visit a museum; visited London.b. To access (a website).
- To occur to or occupy the mind of: was visited by a bizarre thought.
- To consider or discuss: Has she visited that topic on her blog?
- a. To afflict or assail: A plague visited the village.b. To inflict or impose: In the Bible, God visits his wrath on the sinful.c. Archaic To inflict punishment on or for; avenge: The sins of the ancestors were visited on their descendants.
- To make a visit.
- Informal To converse or chat: Stay and visit with me for a while.
- The act or an instance of visiting a person or place.
- A stay or sojourn as a guest.
Origin of visitMiddle English visiten from Old French visiter from Latin vīsitāre frequentative of vīsere to want to see, go to see from vidēre to see ; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present visits, present participle visiting, simple past and past participle visited)
- Of God: to appear to (someone) to comfort, bless, or chastise or punish them. (Now generally merged into later senses, below.) [from 13th c.]
- To habitually go to (someone in distress, sickness etc.) to comfort them. (Now generally merged into later senses, below.) [from 13th c.]
- (intransitive) To go and meet (a person) as an act of friendliness or sociability. [from 14th c.]
- (now rare) To punish, to inflict harm upon (someone or something). [from 14th c.]
- Of a sickness, misfortune etc.: to afflict (someone). [from 14th c.]
- To inflict punishment, vengeance for (an offense) on or upon someone. [from 14th c.]
- To go to (a shrine, temple etc.) for worship. (Now generally merged into later senses, below.) [from 14th c.]
- To go to (a place) for pleasure, on an errand, etc. [from 15th c.]
From Latin vÄ«sitÅ, frequentative of vÄ«sÅ (“behold, survey"), from videÅ (“see").