from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To call on socially: visit friends.
- transitive v. To go to see or spend time at (a place) with a certain intent: visit a museum; visited London.
- transitive v. To stay with as a guest.
- transitive v. To go to see in an official or professional capacity: visited the dentist; a priest visiting his parishioners.
- transitive v. To go or come to: visits the bank on Fridays.
- transitive v. To go to see in order to aid or console: visit the sick and dying.
- transitive v. To make itself known to or seize fleetingly: was visited by a bizarre thought.
- transitive v. To afflict or assail: A plague visited the village.
- transitive v. To inflict punishment on or for; avenge: The sins of the ancestors were visited on their descendants.
- intransitive v. To make a visit.
- intransitive v. Informal To converse or chat: Stay and visit with me for a while.
- n. The act or an instance of visiting a person, place, or thing.
- n. A stay or sojourn as a guest.
- n. The act of visiting in a professional capacity.
- n. The act of visiting in an official capacity, such as an inspection or examination.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A single act of visiting.
- n. A meeting with a doctor at their surgery or the doctor's at one's home.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To go or come to see, as for the purpose of friendship, business, curiosity, etc.; to attend; to call upon.
- transitive v. To go or come to see for inspection, examination, correction of abuses, etc.; to examine, to inspect
- transitive v. To come to for the purpose of chastising, rewarding, comforting; to come upon with reward or retribution; to appear before or judge
- intransitive v. To make a visit or visits; to maintain visiting relations; to practice calling on others.
- n. The act of visiting, or going to see a person or thing; a brief stay of business, friendship, ceremony, curiosity, or the like, usually longer than a call
- n. The act of going to view or inspect; an official or formal inspection; examination; visitation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go or come to see (a person or thing) in the way of friendship, business, curiosity, ceremony, or duty; call upon; proceed to in order to view or look on.
- To come or go to, in general; appear in or at; enter.
- To go or come to see for the purpose of inspection, supervision, examination, correction of abuses, or the like; examine; inspect.
- To afflict; overtake or come upon: said especially of diseases or calamities.
- In Scriptural phraseology: To send a judgment from heaven upon, whether for the purpose of chastising or afflicting, or of comforting or consoling; judge.
- To inflict punishment for (guilt) or upon (a person).
- To practise going to see others; keep up friendly intercourse by going to the houses of friends; make calls; stay with (another) as a guest.
- n. The act of visiting or going to see a person, place, or thing; a temporary residence in a locality or with some one as a guest; a call on a person or at a place.
- n. A formal or official call; a visitation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. go to see a place, as for entertainment
- n. the act of visiting in an official capacity (as for an inspection)
- n. the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time
- v. come to see in an official or professional capacity
- v. assail
- v. pay a brief visit
- v. stay with as a guest
- n. the act of going to see some person in a professional capacity
- v. go to certain places as for sightseeing
- n. a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest)
- v. talk socially without exchanging too much information
- n. a meeting arranged by the visitor to see someone (such as a doctor or lawyer) for treatment or advice
- v. impose something unpleasant
Middle English visiten, from Old French visiter, from Latin vīsitāre, frequentative of vīsere, to want to see, go to see, from vidēre, to see.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vīsitō, frequentative of vīsō ("behold, survey"), from videō ("see"). (Wiktionary)