Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time
  2. (noun, group) a meeting arranged by the visitor to see someone (such as a doctor or lawyer) for treatment or advice
  3. (noun, act) the act of visiting in an official capacity (as for an inspection)
  4. (noun, act) the act of going to see some person in a professional capacity
  5. (noun, act) a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest)
  6. (verb, social) go to see a place, as for entertainment
  7. (verb, motion) go to certain places as for sightseeing
  8. (verb, social) pay a brief visit
  9. (verb, motion) come to see in an official or professional capacity
    The grant administrator visited the laboratory
  10. (verb, communication) impose something unpleasant
  11. (verb, communication) talk socially without exchanging too much information
  12. (verb, stative) stay with as a guest
  13. (verb, change) assail

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Visit

  1. early 13c., "come to (a person) to comfort or benefit," from O.Fr. visiter, from L. visitare "to go to see, come to inspect," frequentative of visere "behold, visit" (a person or place), from pp. stem of videre "to see, notice, observe" (see vision). Originally of the deity, later of pastors and doctors (c.1300), general sense of "pay a call" is from… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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