Definition of visit in US English:



[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’
    • ‘I was to spend about five days visiting my girlfriend, who was staying in a small village outside of the city called Pignan.’
    • ‘I have just spent a week visiting my sister and her family in the Western Cape.’
    • ‘A special thanks to all those who came to visit Peter during his hospital stay.’
    • ‘She and her brother Joe, 25, were visiting Anna who was spending a gap year there.’
    • ‘Shannon is at her grandmothers and Chris is visiting his brother at college.’
    • ‘Georgie rode out to visit with Tess, though I'm sure she'll come by to visit you and Olivia, as well.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘After spending a few hours visiting Shawn at the hospital Meghan reluctantly left to go home.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She plans to spend her retirement visiting her son and grandson in Durham and sightseeing around the countryside.’
    • ‘Yesterday was spent visiting my family and it was very warm and relaxing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I spent Christmas week visiting my daughter in Birmingham.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘The tree house is a favorite gathering spot for informal meetings, relaxing visits with friends, and star gazing at night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘All spent idyllic summers visiting their widowed grandmother, Emma Darwin, at Down House, the old homestead in the Kent countryside.’
    • ‘When guests visit you, it is polite to welcome them with kind words and serve them what you have.’
    • ‘During his stay at home he visited the members of the Bunclody Lions Club.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I told him I just wanted him to stay in touch, visit us now and then, and return my phone calls.’
    • ‘They will spend four weeks visiting family there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He spent his second month visiting friends and family in the United Arab Emirates.’
    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.
      no object ‘I don't live here—I'm only visiting’
      ‘we hope you enjoy your stay and will visit us again’
      • ‘Kieran Nestor from Quinaltagh, Garrafrauns has returned to Chicago after a short vacation visiting his brothers Jimmy and Raymond.’
      • ‘Tens of thousands of tourists visit the Cook Islands each year to enjoy our coral reefs.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘From that Christmas, Jonathan promised to visit Perry and stay with him in his Ghana home for the festive season.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Chan plays a Chinese tourist visiting family in New York.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A number of people were on holidays from overseas visiting their families here for the Easter break’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Then a few days before my tenth he visited me and stayed until my birthday when he gave me this necklace and left.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘About five years ago, she came and visited me in Sydney and stayed with me for a week.’
      • ‘Despite the fact we still travel abroad twice as much as inbound tourists visit us, holidays at home are hard to beat.’
      • ‘He also built a guest house for visiting scientists and hosted such notables as Albert Einstein, Niels Bohr, and Enrico Fermi.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said four days previously the woman had visited him and stayed with him.’
      • ‘Everyone is wished a safe and enjoyable holiday this week-end, and those visiting us have a great time during your stay.’
      • ‘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.’
      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’
      • ‘And the Halls have been stopped from visiting the nearby hotel when it too received warnings.’
      • ‘The firm offers such basic help as assistance with buying a suit and advice on how to visit the dentist.’
      • ‘She is also a part-time professional visiting lecturer responsible for teaching property law and practice to post-graduate trainee solicitors.’
      • ‘A health professional, who recently visited the island, told the Australian Financial Review that circumstances were beyond belief.’
      • ‘Victoria has already organised for a professional artist to visit her convention to demonstrate how to customise a pony.’
      • ‘But men who are reluctant to see their GP about ‘normal’ balding can soothe their distress by visiting a trichologist for advice and treatment.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This suggests that our birds felt vulnerable in open feeding situations, and that the sole purpose of visiting our patches was to feed.’
      • ‘Thornton's restaurant has two Michelin stars, an accolade which involves the restaurant receiving up to nine visits a year from Michelin inspectors.’
      • ‘The single Penstemon strictus plant observed by Williams and Thomson received bumblebee visits every few minutes.’
      • ‘The team will visit businesses to offer advice on VAT registration and explain the advantages of simplified ways of paying.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Judges will shortlist four fish and chip shops from nominations received before visiting the shops for the final round of the competition.’
      • ‘All the hotels in the guide were visited by a professional inspector and the entries were written between April and June this year.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Children in mainstream schools received therapy from visiting therapists, typically no more than once a week and often much less frequently.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3North American informal no object Chat.
      ‘there was nothing to do but visit with one another’
      • ‘Senator Kerry arrives in Florida tonight where President Bush has already spent part of the day visiting with hurricane victims.’
      • ‘The chief prosecutor said he had seen no sign of torture in his visits with the defendants.’
      • ‘I spent a great day yesterday visiting with old friends in two different shifts.’
      • ‘They've already sat down and visited with White House officials and senior administration officials.’
      • ‘I hung out in the halls before & after a session on Accessibility and visited with more folks.’
      • ‘No. He's got a small cell that he stays in when he's not visiting with people.’
      • ‘Mary, none of the four people who visited with us tonight or those featured in the documentary after innocence were death penalty cases.’
      • ‘But the governor had asked to come and visit with him, and he came to the house and they visited for several hours.’
      • ‘In the bar, before dinner, we visited with a variety of people.’
      • ‘Justice O'Connor tells us she has learned a lot from visiting with other judges.’
      • ‘In fact, not everybody who visited with him came away impressed.’
      • ‘When he wasn't there, he was outside in the porch swing watching Mama's herd of cats, visiting with friends, or just thinking.’
      • ‘We're visiting with Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, traveling Memory Lane with two of the giants.’
      • ‘Don Hewitt, as always, a great pleasure visiting with you.’
      • ‘I had a wonderful day on Saturday visiting with old friends and new ones.’
      • ‘J.R. was friendly and garrulous and would answer my endless questions, so I enjoyed visiting with the fellow.’
      • ‘And I think that that's - that anyone would want to do that prior to sitting down and visiting with the commission.’
      • ‘Grandma and Grandpa would pick a nice parking place on the street and sit there all evening visiting with friends and neighbors.’
      • ‘This afternoon while R. visited with some friends in the kitchen, I polished silver.’
      • ‘However, if he's using that phrase while visiting with newspaper editors it's a core part of his message.’
      talk, gossip, chatter, chitter-chatter, speak, converse, have a conversation, engage in conversation, tittle-tattle, prattle, jabber, jibber-jabber, babble, prate, go on, run on
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    4. 1.4 Go to (a website or web page)
      ‘visit us at’
      • ‘I visited the NTL Web site and entered my postcode-to-be to see if my hunch was right.’
      • ‘If the Trojan horse determines you are visiting a hardcore website it then downloads code which redirects the browser to another pornographic site.’
      • ‘For more info on Windows Embedded technology, visit the Microsoft web site.’
      • ‘For the purposes of this paper, selected questions were asked to find the major reasons for visiting museum Web sites.’
      • ‘Give Cold Steel a call or visit their Website for more details on the new Laredo Bowie.’
      • ‘Hackers tried to trick users into visiting a maliciously-constructed website using a blizzard of spam emails last week.’
      • ‘The more often search engine spiders visit your website the faster changes you make will be picked up.’
      • ‘For a full list of affected software and to obtain the patch, visit the Microsoft web site.’
      • ‘You can then maintain email contact and remind him or her to visit your website again.’
      • ‘Ensure that your Operating System is up to date by visiting the Windows Update web site on a regular basis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I visited the Microsoft download web site in search of Media Player 9, and I found these comments.’
      • ‘I visited the We-Blocker web site and took a virtual tour.’
      • ‘For a full report on how to use System Restore for Windows XP, visit the Microsoft web site.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Thus some people report an increase in spam after visiting certain websites and this may be the reason.’
      • ‘Microsoft stole AOL's crown as the most visited Website destination for home surfers in August.’
    5. 1.5 (chiefly in biblical use) (of God) come to (a person or place) in order to bring comfort or salvation.
      • ‘‘In that hour of dire need, I wasn't visited by God or his burning bush,’ he writes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘So Joseph was visited in a dream again by the Gabriel, allowing them to return to America.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘Angels of the Lord visited her, commanding her to return to Adam, and she refused.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It had been at least a season since she was visited by the God of Time.’
      • ‘She was unsure of why the goddess had visited her - but she knew that she had to keep on moving.’
  • 2Inflict (something harmful or unpleasant) on someone.

    ‘the mockery visited upon him by his schoolmates’
    • ‘Not just that, but it was not uncommon for the same fate to be visited upon the victim.’
    • ‘The tragedy which was visited upon Jim Watt was not of his own making.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Another explanation was needed for the cataclysm that was visited upon Great Heck that bitter winter's morning of February 28, 2001.’
    • ‘He noticed how none of the evils of drugs, alcohol or promiscuity had been visited upon his friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They were not to know that two years later, a similar fate would be visited upon them.’
    • ‘We believe all this human suffering has been visited upon us to excite our religious imagination, to sharpen our intellect and our moral response.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So inevitably, that is going to bring pressures upon recruits that would not perhaps have been visited upon recruits in previous times.’
    • ‘The sins of the son would be visited upon the father.’
    • ‘And yet, we are taught that the sins of parents cannot be visited upon children.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Zimbabwe's beleaguered population could be forgiven for wondering how many more plagues are to be visited upon them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now those costs of training, the costs of recruitment, the costs of advertising, may be visited upon employees who deceitfully lie in their CVs.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 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.’


  • 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’
    • ‘Jamie Kennedy is a cooking legend in Ontario, and we had been advised to 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.’
    • ‘Use local directories to find the suppliers close to you and pay them a visit.’
    • ‘Unfeeling officials pay her a visit and briefly explain the details.’
    • ‘Having ranted considerably, welcome to my new English civilian female friend who has decided to pay me a visit in the club this evening.’
    • ‘Yes the good doctor has been gracious enough to pay me a visit tonight.’
    • ‘It's a little empty at the moment, but pay him a visit anyway.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perhaps the Planning Office of Bromley would like to pay us a visit to appreciate the result of this decision.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The visit on Tuesday, June 10, marks British Tourism Day, which will see nine members of the Royal Family taking part in tourist visits.’
    • ‘I could just pay him a visit tomorrow and tell him a story about a little island I visited last year.’
    • ‘My grandmother took ill recently, so I had to make a sojourn back to Red Bank and pay her a visit.’
    • ‘When I was in London I popped up to Kettering to pay him a visit.’
    • ‘If you want a intensely good view of the action, go pay him a visit.’
    • ‘Pay them a visit as they appreciate any business that might come their way.’
    • ‘Joao has lots of interesting posts transcribed from English-language sources so pay him a visit.’
    • ‘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.’
    social call, call
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    1. 1.1 A temporary stay with a person or at a place.
      • ‘It was meant to be a temporary visit, but Tokyo broke its promise, and said they were not going back.’
      • ‘I have an apartment where I stay during my visits to Sofia and I give employment to more than 40 people around the country.’
      • ‘At present, the city receives over 2 million expatriates on temporary visits to Shanghai every year.’
      • ‘A few years later, Esther made her first visit to France and stayed a few days with some French friends of mine.’
      • ‘One of their most popular rooms is called the Churchill Suite, where it is believed Churchill stayed during his visits.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I can't stop thinking about my visit to Germany around Christmas time two years ago.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Prince had been staying at Yew Tree Farm, Rosthwaite, where he also stayed during his last visit to the county.’
      • ‘It was in these dormer bedrooms that Alan Crawford and his family stayed during their weekend visits.’
      • ‘On our recent visits, we have stayed at an excellent B & B, which I wholeheartedly recommend to anyone planning a visit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Longer stays and midweek visits are also usually available at competitive prices.’
      • ‘The stay was a transit visit of less than 72 hours that did not require an entry visa.’
      • ‘Ilandere had become accepted as part of the winter household, as lots of nobles stay for extended visits at each other's mansions.’
      • ‘During his visit, he is staying with Bronek Rejek, a prominent figure within the Swindon Polish community.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’


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