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v. vis·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).
3. To occur to or occupy the mind of: was visited by a bizarre thought.
4. 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.
1. To make a visit.
2. Informal To converse or chat: Stay and visit with me for a while.
1. The act or an instance of visiting a person or place.
2. A stay or sojourn as a guest.

[Middle 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.]
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vb, -its, -iting or -ited
1. to go or come to see (a person, place, etc)
2. to stay with (someone) as a guest
3. to go or come to (an institution, place, etc) for the purpose of inspecting or examining
4. (tr) (of a disease, disaster, etc) to assail; afflict
5. (tr; foll by upon or on) to inflict (punishment, etc): the judge visited his full anger upon the defendant.
6. archaic (usually foll by: with) to afflict or plague (with punishment, etc)
7. (often foll by with) informal US and Canadian to chat or converse (with someone)
8. the act or an instance of visiting
9. a stay as a guest
10. a professional or official call
11. a formal call for the purpose of inspection or examination
12. (Law) 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 contraband: the right of visit and search.
13. informal US and Canadian a friendly talk or chat
[C13: from Latin vīsitāre to go to see, from vīsere to examine, from vidēre to see]
ˈvisitable adj
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(ˈvɪz ɪt)

1. to go to and stay with (a person or family) or at (a place) for a short time.
2. to stay with as a guest.
3. to go to for the purpose of official inspection or examination.
4. to come upon; afflict: The plague visited London in 1665.
5. to inflict, as punishment, vengeance, etc. (often fol. by on or upon).
6. to cause trouble, suffering, etc., to: to visit one with sorrows.
7. to access, as a Web site.
8. to make a visit.
9. to talk or chat casually.
10. to inflict punishment.
11. the act of or an instance of visiting: a long visit.
12. a chat or talk.
13. a call paid to a person, family, etc.
14. a stay or sojourn as a guest.
15. an official inspection or examination.
16. the boarding by a naval officer onto a neutral vessel to determine if it is carrying contraband.
[1175–1225; Middle English (v.) (< Old French visiter) < Latin vīsitāre, frequentative of vīsere to go to see, itself frequentative of vidēre to see]
vis′it•a•ble, adj.
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, visitation - A visit is an instance of visiting; a visitation is an act of visiting, and carries the connotation of an unexpected or undesired occurrence.
See also related terms for unexpected.
Farlex Trivia Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. used as a verb

If you visit a place, you go there for a short time.

He had arranged to visit a number of museums in Paris.
She'll visit four cities on her trip.

If you visit someone, you go to see them at their home or where they are staying, or you stay with them there for a short time.

She visited some of her relatives for a few days.
When my dad was in hospital, I visited him every day.

You can also visit a professional person such as a doctor or lawyer, in order to get treatment or advice.

He persuaded me to visit a doctor.
You might need to visit a solicitor before thinking seriously about divorce.

Some American speakers use visit with instead of 'visit'.

She wanted to visit with her family for a few weeks.

However, in American English, to visit with someone you know well usually means to chat to them.

You and I could visit with each other undisturbed.
2. used as a noun

Visit is also a noun. You can make a visit to a place or pay a visit to someone.

He made a visit to the prison that day.
It was after nine o'clock, too late to pay a visit to Sally.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone 'does a visit'.

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Past participle: visited
Gerund: visiting

I visit
you visit
he/she/it visits
we visit
you visit
they visit
I visited
you visited
he/she/it visited
we visited
you visited
they visited
Present Continuous
I am visiting
you are visiting
he/she/it is visiting
we are visiting
you are visiting
they are visiting
Present Perfect
I have visited
you have visited
he/she/it has visited
we have visited
you have visited
they have visited
Past Continuous
I was visiting
you were visiting
he/she/it was visiting
we were visiting
you were visiting
they were visiting
Past Perfect
I had visited
you had visited
he/she/it had visited
we had visited
you had visited
they had visited
I will visit
you will visit
he/she/it will visit
we will visit
you will visit
they will visit
Future Perfect
I will have visited
you will have visited
he/she/it will have visited
we will have visited
you will have visited
they will have visited
Future Continuous
I will be visiting
you will be visiting
he/she/it will be visiting
we will be visiting
you will be visiting
they will be visiting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been visiting
you have been visiting
he/she/it has been visiting
we have been visiting
you have been visiting
they have been visiting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been visiting
you will have been visiting
he/she/it will have been visiting
we will have been visiting
you will have been visiting
they will have been visiting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been visiting
you had been visiting
he/she/it had been visiting
we had been visiting
you had been visiting
they had been visiting
I would visit
you would visit
he/she/it would visit
we would visit
you would visit
they would visit
Past Conditional
I would have visited
you would have visited
he/she/it would have visited
we would have visited
you would have visited
they would have visited
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.visit - the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short timevisit - the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time; "he dropped by for a visit"
visitation - an official visit for inspection or supervision; "the commissioner made visitations to all the precinct stations"; "the recent visitation of the bishop to his diocese"
site visit - a visit in an official capacity to examine a site to determine its suitability for some enterprise
call - a brief social visit; "senior professors' wives no longer make afternoon calls on newcomers"; "the characters in Henry James' novels are forever paying calls on each other, usually in the parlor of some residence"
visiting - the activity of making visits; "the purpose was to promote homes, clubs, visiting, and other services"
coming together, meeting - the social act of assembling for some common purpose; "his meeting with the salesmen was the high point of his day"
2.visit - a meeting arranged by the visitor to see someone (such as a doctor or lawyer) for treatment or advicevisit - a meeting arranged by the visitor to see someone (such as a doctor or lawyer) for treatment or advice; "he scheduled a visit to the dentist"
get together, meeting - a small informal social gathering; "there was an informal meeting in my living room"
3.visit - the act of visiting in an official capacity (as for an inspection)visit - the act of visiting in an official capacity (as for an inspection)
coming together, meeting - the social act of assembling for some common purpose; "his meeting with the salesmen was the high point of his day"
flying visit - a visit that last for only a very short time; "he wanted to hear all about my flying visit to his old stamping grounds"
4.visit - the act of going to see some person in a professional capacityvisit - the act of going to see some person in a professional capacity; "a visit to the dentist"
call - a visit in an official or professional capacity; "the pastor's calls on his parishioners"; "the salesman's call on a customer"
coming together, meeting - the social act of assembling for some common purpose; "his meeting with the salesmen was the high point of his day"
5.visit - a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest)visit - a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest)
stay - continuing or remaining in a place or state; "they had a nice stay in Paris"; "a lengthy hospital stay"; "a four-month stay in bankruptcy court"
Verb1.visit - go to see a place, as for entertainment; "We went to see the Eiffel Tower in the morning"
tour - make a tour of a certain place; "We toured the Provence this summer"
see - go to see for a social visit; "I went to see my friend Mary the other day"
take in - visit for entertainment; "take in the sights"
2.visit - go to certain places as for sightseeingvisit - go to certain places as for sightseeing; "Did you ever visit Paris?"
jaunt, travel, trip - make a trip for pleasure
sightsee - visit famous or interesting sights
frequent, haunt - be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place; "She haunts the ballet"
3.visit - pay a brief visitvisit - pay a brief visit; "The mayor likes to call on some of the prominent citizens"
get together, meet - get together socially or for a specific purpose
call - make a stop in a harbour; "The ship will call in Honolulu tomorrow"
see - go to see for professional or business reasons; "You should see a lawyer"; "We had to see a psychiatrist"
see - go to see for a social visit; "I went to see my friend Mary the other day"
come by, drop by, drop in - visit informally and spontaneously; "We frequently drop by the neighbors' house for a cup of coffee"
4.visit - come to see in an official or professional capacityvisit - come to see in an official or professional capacity; "The governor visited the prison"; "The grant administrator visited the laboratory"
5.visit - impose something unpleasantvisit - impose something unpleasant; "The principal visited his rage on the students"
communicate, intercommunicate - transmit thoughts or feelings; "He communicated his anxieties to the psychiatrist"
dictate, prescribe, order - issue commands or orders for
obtrude, intrude - thrust oneself in as if by force; "The colors don't intrude on the viewer"
clamp - impose or inflict forcefully; "The military government clamped a curfew onto the capital"
give - inflict as a punishment; "She gave the boy a good spanking"; "The judge gave me 10 years"
foist - to force onto another; "He foisted his work on me"
6.visit - talk socially without exchanging too much informationvisit - talk socially without exchanging too much information; "the men were sitting in the cafe and shooting the breeze"
converse, discourse - carry on a conversation
jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze - talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
7.visit - stay with as a guestvisit - stay with as a guest; "Every summer, we visited our relatives in the country for a month"
abide, bide, stay - dwell; "You can stay with me while you are in town"; "stay a bit longer--the day is still young"
8.visit - assailvisit - assail; "He was visited with a terrible illness that killed him quickly"
afflict, smite - cause physical pain or suffering in; "afflict with the plague"
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1. call on, go to see, drop in on (informal), stay at, stay with, stop by, spend time with, look someone up, go see (U.S.), pay a visit to, be the guest of, call in on, pop in on (informal), pay a call on I want to visit my relatives in Scotland.
2. stay in, see, tour, explore, take in (informal), holiday in, go to see, stop by, spend time in, vacation in (U.S.), stop over in He'll be visiting four cities, including Cagliari in Sardinia.
3. (Old-fashioned) afflict, attack, smite, trouble, haunt, befall, assail, descend upon a house of sickness or infection, such as one visited by the plague
1. call, social call Helen recently paid me a visit.
2. trip, stop, stay, break, tour, holiday, vacation (informal), stopover, sojourn, awayday the Pope's visit to Canada
visit something on or upon someone (usually passive) inflict on, execute, impose on, wreak on, bring down upon the sufferings visited on the people by the country's regime
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002


1. To go to or seek out the company of in order to socialize:
Idiom: pay a visit.
2. To remain as a guest or lodger:
3. Informal. To engage in spoken exchange:
Informal: confab.
4. To cause to undergo or bear (something unwelcome or damaging, for example):
1. An act or an instance of going or coming to see another:
2. A remaining in a place as a guest or lodger:
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زِيارَةزيارَهيَزوريَزْورُيَمْكُث، يأتي إلى
návštěvanavštívitpobývatzdržovat se
ziyaret etmekziyaretbir yerde bir süre kalmak
đi thămthăm viếng


A. N (gen) → visita f
to go on or make a visit to [+ person, place] → ir de visita a, visitar a
to pay sb a visit; pay a visit to sbhacer una visita or visitar a algn, pasar a ver a algn (esp LAm)
on a private/an official visitde or en visita privada/oficial
he was taken ill on or during a visit to Amsterdamcayó enfermo durante una visita a Amsterdam
to return a visitdevolver una visita
a visit to the lavatory or toiletuna visita al servicio, una visita al señor Roca
1. (= go and see) [+ person] → visitar, hacer una visita a; [+ place] → ir a, visitar
to visit the sickvisitar a los enfermos
to visit a patientir a ver a un paciente, visitar a un paciente
he never visits the doctornunca va al médico
we're hoping to visit Tarragonaesperamos poder ir a or visitar Tarragona
when we first visited the townla primera vez que fuimos a or visitamos la ciudad
2. (= stay with) [+ person] → visitar, pasar un tiempo con; (= stay in) [+ town, area] → visitar, pasar un tiempo en
3. (frm) (= inflict, afflict) to visit a punishment on sbcastigar a algn con algo, mandar un castigo a algn
they were visited with the plague (archaic) → sufrieron el azote de la peste
the sins of the fathers are visited on the childrenlos hijos sufren los pecados de los padres
1. (= make a visit) → hacer una visita; (= make visits) → hacer visitas
they always visit when they're in townsiempre nos hacen una visita cuando vienen a la ciudad
she has promised to visit next yearha prometido venir de visita el año que viene
to go visitinghacer visitas
2. (US) to visit with sb (= go and see) → visitar a algn; (= chat with) → charlar con algn
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


(to person, city, town, museum, shop) (= call) → visite f
to pay a visit to sb → rendre visite à qn
to pay a visit to the library → se rendre à la bibliothèque
to pay a visit to a shop → se rendre dans un magasin
on a private visit → en visite privée
on an official visit → en visite officielle
(= stay) → séjour m
Did you enjoy your visit to France? → Vous avez bien aimé votre séjour en France?
a brief visit to the U.S. → un bref séjour aux USA
(to doctor, dentist)visite m
[+ person] → rendre visite à
[+ place] → visiter
We'd like to visit the castle → Nous voudrions visiter le château.
[+ website] → visiter
[+ doctor, dentist, lawyer] → consulter
visit with
vt (US) [+ person] → passer voir
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005


(= call, to museum etc) → Besuch m; (of doctor)Hausbesuch m; (of inspector)Kontrolle f; I felt better after a visit to the doctor’s/solicitor’snachdem ich beim Arzt/Anwalt gewesen war, ging es mir besser; to pay somebody/something a visitjdm/einer Sache einen Besuch abstatten (form), → jdn/etw besuchen; to pay a visit (euph)mal verschwinden (müssen); to have a visit from somebodyvon jdm besucht werden; give us a visit some timebesuchen Sie uns (doch) mal; he went on a two-day visit to Pariser fuhr für zwei Tage nach Paris; I’m going on a visit to Glasgow next weekich fahre nächste Woche (zu einem Besuch) nach Glasgow; we’re expecting a visit from the police any daywir rechnen jeden Tag mit dem Besuch der Polizei
(= stay)Aufenthalt m, → Besuch m; to be on a visit to Londonzu einem Besuch in London sein; to be on a private/official visitinoffiziell/offiziell da sein
person, the sick, museumbesuchen; doctor, solicitoraufsuchen; you never visit us these daysSie kommen uns ja gar nicht mehr besuchen; the prime minister will visit Germany next weekder Premierminister wird nächste Woche Deutschland besuchen
(= go and stay with)besuchen, aufsuchen (geh)
(= inspect)inspizieren, besichtigen, besuchen; to visit the scene of the crime (Jur) → den Tatort besichtigen
(Bibl) sinsheimsuchen (→ upon an +dat, → über +acc)
(= call in)einen Besuch machen; come and visit some timekomm mich mal besuchen; I’m only visiting hereich bin nur auf Besuch hier
(US inf: = chat) → schwatzen, ein Schwätzchen halten
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007


1. nvisita; (stay) → soggiorno
to go on a visit to (person) → andare in visita da (place) → andare a visitare
to pay a visit to (person) → fare una visita a (place) → andare a visitare
on a private/official visit → in visita privata/ufficiale
2. vt
a. (person) → andare a trovare (frm) → andare in visita da; (place, go and see) → visitare; (inspect) → ispezionare
b. (stay with, person) → essere ospite di
visit with vi + prep (Am) → chiacchierare con
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈvizit) verb
1. to go to see (a person or place). We visited my parents at the weekend; They visited the ruins at Pompeii while they were on holiday.
2. to stay in (a place) or with (a person) for a time. Many birds visit (Britain) only during the summer months.
an act of going to see someone or something for pleasure, socially, professionally etc, or going to stay for a time. We went on a visit to my aunt's; the children's visit to the museum.
ˈvisitor noun
a person who visits, socially or professionally. I'm expecting visitors from America; We're having visitors next week.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


زِيارَة, يَزْورُ návštěva, navštívit besøg, besøge Besuch, besuchen επισκέπτομαι, επίσκεψη visita, visitar vierailla, vierailu rendre visite, visite posjet, posjetiti visita, visitare 訪問, 訪問する 방문, 방문하다 bezoek, bezoeken besøk, besøke odwiedzić, wizyta visita, visitar посещать, посещение besök, besöka การไปเยี่ยม, มาเยี่ยม ziyaret, ziyaret etmek đi thăm, thăm viếng 访问
Multilingual Translator © HarperCollins Publishers 2009


n. visita;
v. visitar, ir de visita.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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n consulta, visita; doctor's — consulta or visita médica, consulta con el médico, visita al médico; unscheduled — consulta sin cita, consulta or visita no programada; vt visitar
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References in classic literature ?
"In that case," said D'Artagnan, "I begin to believe that Monsieur de la Fere will receive the visit of his eminence; he will, of course, have an escort."
His design was to visit India, in the belief that he had in his knowledge of its various languages, and in the views he had taken of its society, the means of materially assisting the progress of European colonization and trade.
Dear Mother--I am off in a day or two to visit some new country; I haven't yet decided which.
"I hope you will return this visit, and come and dine with me soon." So a day was appointed when the Fox should visit the Stork; but when they were seated at table all that was for their dinner was contained in a very long-necked jar with a narrow mouth, in which the Fox could not insert his snout, so all he could manage to do was to lick the outside of the jar.
A year after Louis XVIII.'s restoration, a visit was made by the inspector-general of prisons.
As the months went on, it had seemed more and more difficult to him to say why he should not run down to Middlemarch--merely for the sake of hearing something about Dorothea; and if on such a flying visit he should chance by some strange coincidence to meet with her, there was no reason for him to be ashamed of having taken an innocent journey which he had beforehand supposed that he should not take.
Lady Susan, in a letter to her brother-in-law, has declared her intention of visiting us almost immediately; and as such a visit is in all probability merely an affair of convenience, it is impossible to conjecture its length.
But it is very likely that he MAY fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes."
His coming to visit his father had been often talked of but never achieved.
To the general relief the Countess Olenska was not present in her grandmother's drawing-room during the visit of the betrothed couple.
This boisterous behaviour, as it meant no harm, so happily it effected none, and was abundantly compensated to Jones, as soon as he was able to sit up, by the company of Sophia, whom the squire then brought to visit him; nor was it, indeed, long before Jones was able to attend her to the harpsichord, where she would kindly condescend, for hours together, to charm him with the most delicious music, unless when the squire thought proper to interrupt her, by insisting on Old Sir Simon, or some other of his favourite pieces.
Dashwood as soon as she could be assured that her visit would be no inconvenience; and as this message was answered by an invitation equally polite, her ladyship was introduced to them the next day.