Meaning of VISIT in English


I. vis ‧ it 1 S2 W1 /ˈvɪzət, ˈvɪzɪt/ BrE AmE verb

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ visit , ↑ visitor , ↑ visitation ; verb : ↑ visit , ↑ revisit ]

[ Date: 1100-1200 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: visiter , from Latin visitare , from visere 'to go to see' , from videre ; ⇨ ↑ vision ]

1 . [intransitive and transitive] to go and spend time in a place or with someone, especially for pleasure or interest:

Eric went to Seattle to visit his cousins.

I was really pleased that they came to visit me.

Which cities did you visit in Spain?

A recent trip to London gave me the opportunity to visit the Science Museum.

She doesn’t visit very often.


In everyday English, people often say that they come/go to see someone, rather than visit them:

He’s gone to Scotland to see his family.

2 . [transitive] to go to a place as part of your official job, especially to examine it:

The building inspector is visiting the new housing project.

visit with American English :

The President’s first trip abroad will be to visit with troops in Bosnia.

3 . [transitive] formal to go to see a doctor, lawyer etc in order to get treatment or advice

4 . [transitive] to look at a website on the Internet:

Over 1,000 people visit our site every week.

5 . [intransitive] American English to talk socially with someone

visit with

Why don’t you kids play outside while we visit with each other?

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■ a place

▪ visit to go and spend time in a place, for interest or pleasure:

You must visit Kyoto.


They visited all the usual places.

▪ go to to visit a place. Go to is very commonly used in everyday English instead of visit :

Have you ever been to England?


They went to the Eiffel Tower and the Flea Market.

▪ go sightseeing to visit places of interest in a country:

We went sightseeing in the old part of the city.

■ a person

▪ visit to go and spend time with someone:

How often do you visit your grandparents?

▪ come around/by/over ( also come round British English ) to visit someone informally in their home, especially when you live near them:

A few friends came round last night.

▪ drop in/by ( also call in/by British English ) to visit someone in their home, especially on your way to another place:

Kate said she’d drop by later to give you the forms.

▪ look somebody up to visit someone who you do not see very often, when you are spending time in the area where they live:

Look me up if you’re ever in Newark.

visit something on somebody/something phrasal verb biblical

to do something to punish someone or show them that you are angry:

God’s wrath will be visited on sinners.

II. visit 2 S3 W2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ visit , ↑ visitor , ↑ visitation ; verb : ↑ visit , ↑ revisit ]

1 . an occasion when someone goes to spend time in a place or goes to see a person

visit to

a visit to Chicago

We’re just here on a short visit.

Why don’t you come for a visit this summer?

I decided to pay him a visit at his office.

I’ve just had a visit from the police.

I’m only here for the weekend – just a flying visit this time.

his first official visit to Britain as Russian President

The town is well worth a visit.

2 . an occasion when you see a doctor, lawyer etc for treatment or advice

3 . American English an occasion when you talk socially with someone:

Barbara and I had a nice long visit.

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■ verbs

▪ pay somebody a visit (=visit someone)

Perhaps she'll come up to town then and pay me a visit.

▪ make/pay a visit

The king made an official visit to Poland last year.

▪ have/receive a visit from somebody

I've just had a visit from Lou Stacey.

■ adjectives

▪ a brief/short visit

Miss Russell was only able to pay a brief visit.

▪ a flying visit British English (=a very short visit)

Timpson was due to pay a flying visit to London.

▪ a surprise visit (=one that the person being visited does not know is going to happen)

Naomi paid a surprise visit to an old school friend.

▪ an unannounced visit (=one that someone makes without first telling the person that they are going to visit)

The social worker made an unannounced visit.

▪ an official/state visit

The president made an official visit to France this week.

▪ a return visit (=when you visit a place again, or when someone you visited visits you)

George was already planning a return visit.

■ phrases

▪ be worth a visit

Las Palmas, the lively capital, is well worth a visit.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.