- Visit is defined as to go to see someone or someplace, or stay with someone as a guest.
- An example of to visit is going hiking in Patagonia.
- An example of to visit is staying with your parents for the holidays.
A family come to visit grandma.
- 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 vīsitō, frequentative of vīsō (“behold, survey”), from videō (“see”).