Definition of visit in English:

visit

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Go to see and spend time with (someone) socially.

    ‘I came to visit my grandmother’
    [no object] ‘he went out to visit with his pals’
    • ‘After a winter break spent visiting friends and family in Australia and New Zealand, Lesley Vainikolo can't wait to get back into action at the Jungle on Friday.’
    • ‘During his stay at home he visited the members of the Bunclody Lions Club.’
    • ‘After spending a few hours visiting Shawn at the hospital Meghan reluctantly left to go home.’
    • ‘Yesterday was spent visiting my family and it was very warm and relaxing.’
    • ‘The tree house is a favorite gathering spot for informal meetings, relaxing visits with friends, and star gazing at night.’
    • ‘All spent idyllic summers visiting their widowed grandmother, Emma Darwin, at Down House, the old homestead in the Kent countryside.’
    • ‘A special thanks to all those who came to visit Peter during his hospital stay.’
    • ‘It is the first time Sue has been back to the UK since moving away and she will be spending two weeks visiting old friends and sight-seeing.’
    • ‘She moved back to the UK at 14, but during her student years, spent each summer visiting her parents, who had returned to India to work.’
    • ‘When guests visit you, it is polite to welcome them with kind words and serve them what you have.’
    • ‘I spent Christmas week visiting my daughter in Birmingham.’
    • ‘Shannon is at her grandmothers and Chris is visiting his brother at college.’
    • ‘The girl said she had spent the evening visiting friends in the Holme Wood area of Bradford, before she had gone to get a bus home at 9.45 pm.’
    • ‘He spent his second month visiting friends and family in the United Arab Emirates.’
    • ‘Welcome home from holidays to Butch and Mai Power of Glenville who returned home from Australia where they spent a few weeks visiting friends.’
    • ‘She plans to spend her retirement visiting her son and grandson in Durham and sightseeing around the countryside.’
    • ‘Her immediate family lives in the Atlanta area, and her personal time frequently is spent visiting her mother and father, two sisters, and three brothers.’
    • ‘They will spend four weeks visiting family there.’
    • ‘Georgie rode out to visit with Tess, though I'm sure she'll come by to visit you and Olivia, as well.’
    • ‘I have just spent a week visiting my sister and her family in the Western Cape.’
    • ‘She and her brother Joe, 25, were visiting Anna who was spending a gap year there.’
    • ‘Following the evening sessions, there was a Cafe opened in the fellowship hall so that everyone could have a light meal and spend time visiting old friends, and making new ones.’
    • ‘I told him I just wanted him to stay in touch, visit us now and then, and return my phone calls.’
    • ‘I was to spend about five days visiting my girlfriend, who was staying in a small village outside of the city called Pignan.’
    • ‘Here he was, giving out candy to children, spending his spare time visiting sick children in the hospital, always there to do favors for people in need.’
    • ‘She would visit him four times a week and he stayed at her family's Chippenham home at Christmas and they went on holiday together.’
    call on, call in on, pay a call on, pay a visit to, pay someone a call, pay someone a visit, go to see, come to see, look in on
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    1. 1.1 Stay temporarily with (someone) or at (a place) as a guest or tourist.
      ‘we hope you enjoy your stay and will visit us again’
      [no object] ‘I don't live here—I'm only visiting’
      • ‘Kieran Nestor from Quinaltagh, Garrafrauns has returned to Chicago after a short vacation visiting his brothers Jimmy and Raymond.’
      • ‘A number of people were on holidays from overseas visiting their families here for the Easter break’
      • ‘Aside from Taylor, though, the festival is lacking in visiting artists and guests.’
      • ‘Last week, one of my friends from Chicago came to visit me here in Pohang, where I stay.’
      • ‘He also built a guest house for visiting scientists and hosted such notables as Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, and Enrico Fermi.’
      • ‘He said four days previously the woman had visited him and stayed with him.’
      • ‘From that Christmas, Jonathan promised to visit Perry and stay with him in his Ghana home for the festive season.’
      • ‘Since I retired 18 months ago I have taken to visiting my uncle at his house in Cornwall; I stay for a few days and carry out maintenance on his neglected garden.’
      • ‘Everyone is wished a safe and enjoyable holiday this week-end, and those visiting us have a great time during your stay.’
      • ‘Despite the fact we still travel abroad twice as much as inbound tourists visit us, holidays at home are hard to beat.’
      • ‘Two weeks and nine tubs of paint later we still hadn't finished and had an unexpected party of seventeen guests visiting us from abroad for the weekend.’
      • ‘Tens of thousands of tourists visit the Cook Islands each year to enjoy our coral reefs.’
      • ‘He said he was coming back from a weekend visiting his wife and child, who were staying at her brother's house in the Finger Lakes.’
      • ‘Then a few days before my tenth he visited me and stayed until my birthday when he gave me this necklace and left.’
      • ‘Reports in South Korea have suggested In Hea Song, 22, and Hyo Jung Jin, 21, had both stayed in a house rented out to visiting Korean students.’
      • ‘Chan plays a Chinese tourist visiting family in New York.’
      • ‘The prize carried with it some cash which was used to buy two flats in Chipata which are used as guest houses for visiting members from other districts.’
      • ‘About five years ago, she came and visited me in Sydney and stayed with me for a week.’
      • ‘He used to stay in a small guest house when visiting New York, but ate at the Hilton for the bargain breakfast there, and they fell in love over an omelette.’
      • ‘Currently I am visiting friends here in Indonesia and staying on a tourist visa for 60 days.’
      stay in, stop over in, spend time in, holiday in
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    2. 1.2 Go to see (someone or something) for a specific purpose, such as to make an inspection or to receive or give professional advice or help.
      ‘inspectors visit all the hotels’
      • ‘But men who are reluctant to see their GP about ‘normal’ balding can soothe their distress by visiting a trichologist for advice and treatment.’
      • ‘Victoria has already organised for a professional artist to visit her convention to demonstrate how to customise a pony.’
      • ‘Because of the intensive nature of care that the patients in the ward are receiving, visiting times are limited to 20 minutes per day, with only three people allowed in at any one time.’
      • ‘Children in mainstream schools received therapy from visiting therapists, typically no more than once a week and often much less frequently.’
      • ‘The single Penstemon strictus plant observed by Williams and Thomson received bumblebee visits every few minutes.’
      • ‘Brian retired from the sea a number of years ago and bought a local public house, needless to say this was frequented by many local and visiting fishermen who always received a very warm welcome.’
      • ‘The 19-year-old spent a year visiting doctors for treatment for a stomach ache before they finally discovered last month that he had terminal liver cancer.’
      • ‘Judges will shortlist four fish and chip shops from nominations received before visiting the shops for the final round of the competition.’
      • ‘This suggests that our birds felt vulnerable in open feeding situations, and that the sole purpose of visiting our patches was to feed.’
      • ‘The team will visit businesses to offer advice on VAT registration and explain the advantages of simplified ways of paying.’
      • ‘All the hotels in the guide were visited by a professional inspector and the entries were written between April and June this year.’
      • ‘She is also a part-time professional visiting lecturer responsible for teaching property law and practice to post-graduate trainee solicitors.’
      • ‘If ulcers do not recur neither do ulcer perforation or bleeding; quality of life increases, sick leave decreases, and less money is spent on visiting the doctor and drugs.’
      • ‘The firm offers such basic help as assistance with buying a suit and advice on how to visit the dentist.’
      • ‘For this reason, pollination can often fail and the seed not set, due to the fact that the specific pollinator has not visited the plant.’
      • ‘We go out as a team and spend about 8 hours visiting the people who live under bridges and those who work in the red-light district.’
      • ‘My advice is to visit an immunologist, who can ask you more questions about how the twins feel, and can look for signs of an allergy.’
      • ‘Thornton's restaurant has two Michelin stars, an accolade which involves the restaurant receiving up to nine visits a year from Michelin inspectors.’
      • ‘A health professional, who recently visited the island, told the Australian Financial Review that circumstances were beyond belief.’
      • ‘And the Halls have been stopped from visiting the nearby hotel when it too received warnings.’
    3. 1.3North American informal [no object] Chat.
      ‘there was nothing to do but visit with one another’
      • ‘Grandma and Grandpa would pick a nice parking place on the street and sit there all evening visiting with friends and neighbors.’
      • ‘No. He's got a small cell that he stays in when he's not visiting with people.’
      • ‘J.R. was friendly and garrulous and would answer my endless questions, so I enjoyed visiting with the fellow.’
      • ‘When he wasn't there, he was outside in the porch swing watching Mama's herd of cats, visiting with friends, or just thinking.’
      • ‘Don Hewitt, as always, a great pleasure visiting with you.’
      • ‘Justice O'Connor tells us she has learned a lot from visiting with other judges.’
      • ‘I had a wonderful day on Saturday visiting with old friends and new ones.’
      • ‘However, if he's using that phrase while visiting with newspaper editors it's a core part of his message.’
      • ‘Senator Kerry arrives in Florida tonight where President Bush has already spent part of the day visiting with hurricane victims.’
      • ‘We're visiting with Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, traveling Memory Lane with two of the giants.’
      • ‘I hung out in the halls before & after a session on Accessibility and visited with more folks.’
      • ‘Mary, none of the four people who visited with us tonight or those featured in the documentary after innocence were death penalty cases.’
      • ‘In the bar, before dinner, we visited with a variety of people.’
      • ‘I spent a great day yesterday visiting with old friends in two different shifts.’
      • ‘And I think that that's - that anyone would want to do that prior to sitting down and visiting with the commission.’
      • ‘They've already sat down and visited with White House officials and senior administration officials.’
      • ‘This afternoon while R. visited with some friends in the kitchen, I polished silver.’
      • ‘But the governor had asked to come and visit with him, and he came to the house and they visited for several hours.’
      • ‘The chief prosecutor said he had seen no sign of torture in his visits with the defendants.’
      • ‘In fact, not everybody who visited with him came away impressed.’
    4. 1.4 Go to (a website or web page)
      ‘visit us at www.flycreekcidermill.com’
      • ‘Give Cold Steel a call or visit their Website for more details on the new Laredo Bowie.’
      • ‘Ensure that your Operating System is up to date by visiting the Windows Update web site on a regular basis.’
      • ‘The URL for the unprotected page could be determined by visiting a Dealerskins-hosted website and viewing the HTML source code - a simple matter in most browsers.’
      • ‘I visited the Microsoft download web site in search of Media Player 9, and I found these comments.’
      • ‘The software giant has admitted that an attacker might be able to run malware of his choice simply by tricking a victim into visiting a maliciously constructed Web site.’
      • ‘The more often search engine spiders visit your website the faster changes you make will be picked up.’
      • ‘If the Trojan horse determines you are visiting a hardcore website it then downloads code which redirects the browser to another pornographic site.’
      • ‘One of the best ways to determine if you have been banned is to look at your log files to see if Google is visiting your website.’
      • ‘In a different context, it is also used to indicate a software which visits web sites and collects email addresses to be used for sending unsolicited bulk email.’
      • ‘Hackers tried to trick users into visiting a maliciously-constructed website using a blizzard of spam emails last week.’
      • ‘This bug could be exploited by an attacker who tricks victims into either visiting a maliciously constructed Web page or opening HTML email containing a poisoned script.’
      • ‘For a full report on how to use System Restore for Windows XP, visit the Microsoft web site.’
      • ‘Thus some people report an increase in spam after visiting certain websites and this may be the reason.’
      • ‘For a full list of affected software and to obtain the patch, visit the Microsoft web site.’
      • ‘For more info on Windows Embedded technology, visit the Microsoft web site.’
      • ‘I visited the NTL Web site and entered my postcode-to-be to see if my hunch was right.’
      • ‘Microsoft stole AOL's crown as the most visited Website destination for home surfers in August.’
      • ‘You can then maintain email contact and remind him or her to visit your website again.’
      • ‘For the purposes of this paper, selected questions were asked to find the major reasons for visiting museum Web sites.’
      • ‘I visited the We-Blocker web site and took a virtual tour.’
    5. 1.5 (chiefly in biblical use) (of God) come to (a person or place) in order to bring comfort or salvation.
      • ‘The story goes that Yama, the God of Death visited his sister on this day.’
      • ‘Imagine Almighty God visiting the earth and requiring a visa!’
      • ‘He was visited by the great gods, who decided there would be a great deluge, told him to make a boat and carry in it the seed of all living things.’
      • ‘‘In that hour of dire need, I wasn't visited by God or his burning bush,’ he writes.’
      • ‘She was unsure of why the goddess had visited her - but she knew that she had to keep on moving.’
      • ‘One night in this time of misery a god visited the man in a dream and told him to await the arrival of a very wise individual, who would come to the island.’
      • ‘Angels of the Lord visited her, commanding her to return to Adam, and she refused.’
      • ‘So Joseph was visited in a dream again by the Gabriel, allowing them to return to America.’
      • ‘It had been at least a season since she was visited by the God of Time.’
  • 2Inflict (something harmful or unpleasant) on someone.

    ‘the mockery visited upon him by his schoolmates’
    • ‘With a clear conscience, every health guru can take a good kick at the unhealthy, King Size Mars bars guzzling masses who are apparently asking for the wrath of diabetes to be visited upon them.’
    • ‘The sins of the fathers were being visited upon them and they were determined not to commit the same sins which, in their turn, would be visited upon their sons.’
    • ‘Not just that, but it was not uncommon for the same fate to be visited upon the victim.’
    • ‘To extend mercy to Gollum is to recognize that his potential for evil had ebbed, and that a rough justice had already been visited upon him.’
    • ‘The tragedy which was visited upon Jim Watt was not of his own making.’
    • ‘The sins of the son would be visited upon the father.’
    • ‘Another explanation was needed for the cataclysm that was visited upon Great Heck that bitter winter's morning of February 28, 2001.’
    • ‘We believe all this human suffering has been visited upon us to excite our religious imagination, to sharpen our intellect and our moral response.’
    • ‘And yet, we are taught that the sins of parents cannot be visited upon children.’
    • ‘Zimbabwe's beleaguered population could be forgiven for wondering how many more plagues are to be visited upon them.’
    • ‘The loss of a comrade in battle or death of a relative as a result of blockade or bombing often causes real bitterness which may be visited upon enemies who could have had no hand in the original act.’
    • ‘Now those costs of training, the costs of recruitment, the costs of advertising, may be visited upon employees who deceitfully lie in their CVs.’
    • ‘They were not to know that two years later, a similar fate would be visited upon them.’
    • ‘He noticed how none of the evils of drugs, alcohol or promiscuity had been visited upon his friends.’
    • ‘So inevitably, that is going to bring pressures upon recruits that would not perhaps have been visited upon recruits in previous times.’
    • ‘In the final scene, in which the lovers finally come within touching distance, it is Miriam who intervenes to prevent the cruelties of Yair's father from being visited upon his own son.’
    • ‘People still believed they could reverse the horrifying melange of famine and fever that had been visited upon them in 1846.’
    • ‘We believe that we should have equality of opportunity in New Zealand and that disadvantage should not be visited upon a single group.’
    • ‘It is quite clear that the Government has ignored the commissioner's requests, and the consequences are being visited upon ordinary New Zealanders.’
    • ‘Given the scale of the insult that has been visited upon them, should Ireland's rural community not now cease to pay the licence fee?’
    happen to, overtake, befall, come upon, fall upon, hit, strike
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    1. 2.1 (of something harmful or unpleasant) afflict (someone)
      ‘they were visited with epidemics of a strange disease’
      • ‘God promised he would release them from slavery, but not before Pharaoh had refused their release and God had visited ten plagues on Egypt to demonstrate his power.’
      afflict, attack, assail, trouble, harrow, torment, torture
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    2. 2.2archaic Punish (a person or a wrongful act)
      ‘offenses were visited with the loss of eyes or ears’
      • ‘Public offences were visited with public penance; private offences were confessed to the priest.’

noun

  • 1An act of going or coming to see a person or place socially, as a tourist, or for some other purpose.

    ‘a visit to the doctor’
    • ‘Unfeeling officials pay her a visit and briefly explain the details.’
    • ‘Here comes too much peace and quiet, while we wait for our demons to shake off their hangovers and pay us a visit.’
    • ‘So, as a special surprise to Kelly, I decided to pay her a visit.’
    • ‘When I was in London I popped up to Kettering to pay him a visit.’
    • ‘It's a little empty at the moment, but pay him a visit anyway.’
    • ‘I could just pay him a visit tomorrow and tell him a story about a little island I visited last year.’
    • ‘I will have my maid come and pay you a visit in the morning so you two can figure out your wardrobe for the coronation.’
    • ‘My grandmother took ill recently, so I had to make a sojourn back to Red Bank and pay her a visit.’
    • ‘If you have lost your pet recently, please pay us a visit, your dog may be here at Manchester Dogs' Home waiting to be claimed.’
    • ‘Jamie Kennedy is a cooking legend in Ontario, and we had been advised to pay him a visit.’
    • ‘Perhaps the Planning Office of Bromley would like to pay us a visit to appreciate the result of this decision.’
    • ‘One night my mother must have arranged to pay her a visit, but must have been unable to arrange for someone to look after me, so had to take me with her.’
    • ‘The visit on Tuesday, June 10, marks British Tourism Day, which will see nine members of the Royal Family taking part in tourist visits.’
    • ‘Pay them a visit as they appreciate any business that might come their way.’
    • ‘Having ranted considerably, welcome to my new English civilian female friend who has decided to pay me a visit in the club this evening.’
    • ‘Use local directories to find the suppliers close to you and pay them a visit.’
    • ‘Yes the good doctor has been gracious enough to pay me a visit tonight.’
    • ‘If you want a intensely good view of the action, go pay him a visit.’
    • ‘Joao has lots of interesting posts transcribed from English-language sources so pay him a visit.’
    • ‘Bookworms receive two warning letters before library bosses print off a list of offenders so Barry can pay them a visit.’
    social call, call
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    1. 1.1 A temporary stay with a person or at a place.
      • ‘A few years later, Esther made her first visit to France and stayed a few days with some French friends of mine.’
      • ‘The Prince had been staying at Yew Tree Farm, Rosthwaite, where he also stayed during his last visit to the county.’
      • ‘On our recent visits, we have stayed at an excellent B & B, which I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone planning a visit.’
      • ‘I have an apartment where I stay during my visits to Sofia and I give employment to more than 40 people around the country.’
      • ‘Ilandere had become accepted as part of the winter household, as lots of nobles stay for extended visits at each other's mansions.’
      • ‘Longer stays and midweek visits are also usually available at competitive prices.’
      • ‘It was in these dormer bedrooms that Alan Crawford and his family stayed during their weekend visits.’
      • ‘During his visit, he is staying with Bronek Rejek, a prominent figure within the Swindon Polish community.’
      • ‘She has often arranged visits or extended stays on location to immerse herself in a particular place, like Newfoundland, Tuscany, the Orkney Islands or Japan.’
      • ‘I can't stop thinking about my visit to Germany around Christmas time two years ago.’
      • ‘One of their most popular rooms is called the Churchill Suite, where it is believed Churchill stayed during his visits.’
      • ‘The stay was a transit visit of less than 72 hours that did not require an entry visa.’
      • ‘I was at first seduced by the usual friendly warmth I encountered, but after many visits and stays of several months, I have lost patience.’
      • ‘The length of the visit, a full week, is also three days longer than the longest of the Prime Minister's US visits - a trip to a Nato conference in 1999.’
      • ‘Better keep your friend and your roots for wonderful visits, and stay where you already have not only friends but also your network of casual acquaintances - your world.’
      • ‘It was meant to be a temporary visit, but Tokyo broke its promise, and said they were not going back.’
      • ‘The photographs were exhibited for the first time at a resort in Pulimkudy, where the couple have been staying during their three visits to Kerala so far.’
      • ‘He moved to Johannesburg in 1903 and, in between return visits to India, stayed in the country for 21 years before going back to his homeland.’
      • ‘Hawkes Bay was a really nice place, and being only 4 hours from Wellington, I can potentially see some future weekend visits to stay there and see more of what it has to offer.’
      • ‘At present, the city receives over 2 million expatriates on temporary visits to Shanghai every year.’
      trip to, tour of, look around, look round
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    2. 1.2North American informal An informal conversation.
      • ‘For a long time, these visits were simple informal ‘hi and how are you’ stops in JoAnn's office.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French visiter or Latin visitare go to see frequentative of visare to view from videre to see.

Pronunciation:

visit

/ˈvizit/