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Meaning of visit

vis•it

Pronunciation: (viz'it), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to go to and stay with (a person or family) or at (a place) for a short time for reasons of sociability, politeness, business, curiosity, etc.: to visit a friend; to visit clients; to visit Paris.
  2. to stay with as a guest.
  3. to come or go to: to visit a church for prayer.
  4. to go to for the purpose of official inspection or examination: a general visiting his troops.
  5. to come to in order to comfort or aid: to visit the sick.
  6. to come upon; assail; afflict: The plague visited London in 1665.
  7. to cause trouble, suffering, etc., to come to: to visit him with sorrows.
  8. to inflict, as punishment, vengeance, etc. (often fol. by on or upon).
—v.i.
  1. to make a visit.
  2. to talk or chat casually: to visit on the phone with a friend.
  3. to inflict punishment.
—n.
  1. the act of or an instance of visiting: a nice, long visit.
  2. a chat or talk: We had a good visit on the way back from the grocery store.
  3. a call paid to a person, family, etc.
  4. a stay or sojourn as a guest.
  5. an official inspection or examination.
  6. the act of an officer of a belligerent nation in boarding a vessel in order to ascertain the nature of its cargo, its nationality, etc.: the right of visit and search.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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