vis·it / ˈvizit/ • v. (-it·ed , -it·ing ) [tr.] 1. go to see and spend time with (someone) socially: I came to visit my grandmother. ∎ go to see and spend time in (a place) as a tourist. ∎ stay temporarily with (someone) or at (a place) as a guest: we hope you enjoy your stay and will visit us again | [intr.] I don't live here—I'm only visiting. ∎ go to see (someone or something) for a specific purpose, such as to make an inspection or to receive or give professional advice or help: inspectors visit all the hotels. ∎ [intr.] (visit with) go to see (someone) socially: he went out to visit with his pals. ∎ [intr.] inf. chat: there was nothing to do but visit with one another. ∎ go to (a Web site or Web page): visit us at www.flycreekcidermill.com. ∎ (chiefly in biblical use) (of God) come to (a person or place) in order to bring comfort or salvation. 2. (often be visited) inflict (something harmful or unpleasant) on someone: the mockery visited upon him by his schoolmates. ∎ (of something harmful or unpleasant) afflict (someone): they were visited with epidemics of a strange disease. ∎ archaic punish (a person or a wrongful act): offenses were visited with the loss of eyes or ears. • n. an act of going or coming to see a person or place socially, as a tourist, or for some other purpose: a visit to the doctor. ∎ a temporary stay with a person or at a place. ∎ an informal conversation. DERIVATIVES: vis·it·a·ble adj.ORIGIN: Middle English: from Old French visiter or Latin visitare ‘go to see,’ frequentative of visare ‘to view,’ from videre ‘to see.’
So visit sb. XVII. — F. visite, or immed. f. the vb. visitant XVI. — F. or L. visitation XIV. — (O)F. late L. visitatorial XVII. f. vīsitāt-, ppl. stem of L. vīsitāre. visitor XIV. — AN. visitour, (O)F. visiteur.