visit

When you travel to another place, or spend some time at a friend's house, it's a visit. You should visit your grandmother! It's been a while since she's had a visit from you.

Whenever you spend a temporary amount of time with another person or in another place, that's a visit — whether it's your visit to San Francisco or your visit to the doctor for a checkup. In some parts of the U.S., visit is also a name for a chat: "I had a nice visit with your Aunt Sylvia yesterday." And if you pay a visit to someone, you go see them for a while.

Definitions of visit
  1. noun
    the act of going to see some person or place or thing for a short time
    “he dropped by for a visit
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    visitation
    an official visit for inspection or supervision
    site visit
    a visit in an official capacity to examine a site to determine its suitability for some enterprise
    call
    a brief social visit
    visiting
    the activity of making visits
    type of:
    coming together, meeting
    the social act of assembling for some common purpose
  2. noun
    a meeting arranged by the visitor to see someone (such as a doctor or lawyer) for treatment or advice
    “he scheduled a visit to the dentist”
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    get together, meeting
    a small informal social gathering
  3. noun
    the act of going to see some person in a professional capacity
    “a visit to the dentist”
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    call
    a visit in an official or professional capacity
    round
    (often plural) a series of professional calls (usually in a set order)
    type of:
    coming together, meeting
    the social act of assembling for some common purpose
  4. noun
    the act of visiting in an official capacity (as for an inspection)
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    flying visit
    a visit that last for only a very short time
    type of:
    coming together, meeting
    the social act of assembling for some common purpose
  5. noun
    a temporary stay (e.g., as a guest)
    synonyms: sojourn
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    stay
    continuing or remaining in a place or state
  6. verb
    go to see a place, as for entertainment
    synonyms: see
    see
    go to see for a social visit
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    take in
    visit for entertainment
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    tour
    make a tour of a certain place
  7. verb
    go to certain places as for sightseeing
    “Did you ever visit Paris?”
    synonyms: travel to
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    sightsee
    visit famous or interesting sights
    frequent, haunt
    be a regular or frequent visitor to a certain place
    hang out
    spend time in a certain location or with certain people
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    jaunt, travel, trip
    make a trip for pleasure
  8. verb
    pay a brief visit
    synonyms: call, call in
    call
    make a stop in a harbour
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    see
    go to see for professional or business reasons
    see
    go to see for a social visit
    come by, drop by, drop in
    visit informally and spontaneously
    type of:
    get together, meet
    get together socially or for a specific purpose
  9. verb
    stay with as a guest
    “Every summer, we visited our relatives in the country for a month”
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    abide, bide, stay
    dwell
  10. verb
    come to see in an official or professional capacity
    “The governor visited the prison”
    “The grant administrator visited the laboratory”
    synonyms: inspect
  11. verb
    talk socially without exchanging too much information
    synonyms: chaffer, chat, chatter, chew the fat, chit-chat, chitchat, claver, confab, confabulate, gossip, jaw, natter, shoot the breeze
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    jawbone, schmoose, schmooze, shmoose, shmooze
    talk idly or casually and in a friendly way
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    converse, discourse
    carry on a conversation
  12. verb
    impose something unpleasant
    “The principal visited his rage on the students”
    synonyms: bring down, impose, inflict
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    dictate, order, prescribe
    issue commands or orders for
    intrude, obtrude
    thrust oneself in as if by force
    clamp
    impose or inflict forcefully
    give
    inflict as a punishment
    foist
    force onto another
    mandate
    make mandatory
    type of:
    communicate, intercommunicate
    transmit thoughts or feelings
  13. verb
    assail
    “He was visited with a terrible illness that killed him quickly”
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    afflict, smite
    cause physical pain or suffering in
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