visit
I. verb (visited; visiting) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French visiter, from Latin visitare, frequentative of visere to go to see, frequentative of vidēre to see Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. archaic comfort — used of the Deity <
visit us with Thy salvation — Charles Wesley
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b. (1) afflict <
visited his people with distempers — Tobias Smollett
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(2) inflict, impose <
visited his wrath upon them
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c. avenge <
visited the sins of the fathers upon the children
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d. to present itself to or come over momentarily <
was visited by a strange notion
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2. to go to see in order to comfort or help 3. a. to pay a call on as an act of friendship or courtesy b. to reside with temporarily as a guest c. to go to see or stay at (a place) for a particular purpose (as business or sightseeing) d. to go or come officially to inspect or oversee <
a bishop visiting his parishes
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intransitive verb 1. to make a visit; also to make frequent or regular visits 2. chat, converse <
enjoys visiting with the neighbors
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II. noun Date: 1621 1. a. a short stay ; call b. a brief residence as a guest c. an extended stay ; sojourn 2. a journey to and stay or short sojourn at a place 3. an official or professional call or tour ; visitation 4. the act of a naval officer in boarding a merchant ship on the high seas in exercise of the right of search

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • visit — [viz′it] vt. [ME visiten < OFr visiter < L visitare, freq. < visere, to go to see < visus: see VISION] 1. to go or come to see (someone) out of friendship or for social reasons 2. to stay with as a guest for a time 3. to go or come to …   English World dictionary

  • Visit — Vis it, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Visited}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Visiting}.] [F. visiter, L. visitare, fr. visere to go to see, to visit, fr. videre, visum to see. See {Vision.}] [1913 Webster] 1. To go or come to see, as for the purpose of friendship,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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