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 the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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