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.