visitvis‧it1 /ˈvɪzɪt/ ●●●S2W1 verb1[intransitive, transitive]DLTVISIT to go and spend time in a place or with someone, especially for pleasure or interestEric 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.RegisterIn 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]EXAMINE to go to a place as part of your official job, especially to examine itThe building inspector is visiting the new housing project.visit with American EnglishThe president’s first trip abroad will be to visit with troops in Bosnia.3[transitive] formalASK A QUESTION to go to see a doctor, lawyer etc in order to get treatment or advice4[transitive] to look at a website on the InternetOver 1,000 people visit our site every week.5[intransitive] American English to talk socially with someonevisit withWhy don’t you kids play outside while we visit with each other?THESAURUSa placevisit to go and spend time in a place, for interest or pleasureYou 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 visitHave you ever been to England?They went to the Eiffel Tower and the Flea Market.go sightseeing to visit places of interest in a countryWe went sightseeing in the old part of the city.a personvisit to go and spend time with someoneHow 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 themA 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 placeKate 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 liveLook me up if you’re ever in Newark. →visit something on somebody/something→ See Verb table
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visit• Over the same four-week period, Dole spent 21 days on the campaigntrailvisiting 20 states.• We won't be that far away - you'll be able to come and visit.• Mom and Aunt Jo were sitting drinkingcoffee and visiting.• He was the first traveller from the BritishIsles to visit Abyssinia.• His managementtrademark is carrying indexcards in his shirtpocket so that he can notemistakes while visiting Darden restaurants.• They may wish to visit during the building stages.• So are you just visiting friends out here or something?• We've got some friends visiting from out of town this weekend.• This afternoon the Queen will visit Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital.• Paul visited her every day when she was in hospital.• I went to visit her last winter and I really had a great time.• The Ambassador last visited Hong Kong in 1982.• She sent me some photographs of when she visited in December.• I visit my grandparents at least once a month.• A police officer will be visiting next week to give the children a talk on crimeprevention.• For more information on how you can help, visit our website.• We spent the day visitingtemples and other historicbuildings.• Thousands of Americans visit Thailand each year.• Anyone caughtvisiting the Bookman during these was automatically punished and he kept swapping them around to try and catch people out.• While Eva was at Usher, General Coutts visited the country.• You should visit the dentist twice a year.• The inspectionteamvisited the plant twice in October.• Clubs are still invited to continue to visit the warehouse by the usualarrangedbustrips.• Every year thousands of touristsvisit Turkey.• Tam himself plans to visit Washington, he said.• I don't see him that often, but I like to go and visit with him when I can.• How much do you visit with your Mom and Dad while you're here?came to visit• Hindley had told me to be present if Edgar Linton came to visit Catherine.• Ever since his parentscame to visit for Christmas, Berg has started playing more aggressively.• Her friends came to visit in garishcanoes, landed and partied and paddled home in the purplesunrise.• Katherine came to visit Patrick a little later.• Willie Greene, his 4-year-old grandson, came to visit the ranch with a pocketful of marbles.• And when family members came to visit, they were expected to pitch in.• Until one evening Little Lou came to visit with news.• That people knew, and came to visit you?visit with• Why don't you kids play outside while the adultsvisit with each other?visitvisit2 ●●●S3W2 noun [countable]1VISITan occasion when someone goes to spend time in a place or goes to see a personvisit toa visit to ChicagoWe’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 presidentThe town is well worth a visit.2ASK A QUESTIONan occasion when you see a doctor, lawyer etc for treatment or advice3American English an occasion when you talk socially with someoneBarbara and I had a nice long visit.COLLOCATIONSverbspay somebody a visit (=visit someone)Perhaps she'll come up to town then and pay me a visit.make/pay a visitThe king made an official visit to Poland last year.have/receive a visit from somebodyI've just had a visit from Lou Stacey.adjectivesa brief/short visitMiss 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 visitThe 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.phrasesbe worth a visitLas Palmas, the lively capital, is well worth a visit.