Meaning of “visit” in the English Dictionary

"visit" in British English

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visitverb

uk /ˈvɪz.ɪt/ us /ˈvɪz.ɪt/

A1 [ I or T ] to go to a place in order to look at it, or to a person in order to spend time with them:

We visited a few galleries while we were in Prague.
Will you visit me when I'm in hospital?
When did you last visit the dentist/doctor?

A2 [ T ] to go to a website on the internet

More examples

  • I want to buy a little something to give to Val when I visit her in hospital.
  • There are several places of interest to visit in the area.
  • I've never been to Kenya, but I hope to visit it next year.
  • I have clear memories of visiting my grandfather's farm as a child.
  • He picked up malaria when he was visiting the country on business.

visitnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈvɪz.ɪt/ us /ˈvɪz.ɪt/

B1 an occasion when you visit a place or person:

We had a visit from the school inspector last week.
I can't stop for a coffee - this is just a flying (= very short) visit.
pay a visit

B2 to visit a person or place, usually for a short time:

I think I'll pay a visit to the library while I'm in town.

More examples

  • They received a visit from the police.
  • My uncle paid us a surprise visit yesterday.
  • He gave a talk about his visit to America.
  • The timetable for our trip to Paris includes visits to Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
  • The president's official visit marks the start of a more relaxed relationship between the two countries.

(Definition of “visit” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"visit" in American English

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visitverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈvɪz·ɪt/

to go to a place in order to experience it, or to go to a person in order to spend time together:

[ T ] We visited a few galleries while we were in New York.
[ T ] When are we going to visit Grandma?
[ I ] She’s not staying here – she’s just visiting for the afternoon.
visitor
noun [ C ] us /ˈvɪz·ɪ·t̬ər/

Every summer, this tiny fishing village receives thousands of visitors.

(Definition of “visit” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)