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visit

[viz-it] /ˈvɪz ɪt/
verb (used with object)
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 access, as a website.
9.
to inflict, as punishment, vengeance, etc. (often followed by on or upon).
verb (used without object)
10.
to make a visit.
11.
to talk or chat casually:
to visit on the phone with a friend.
12.
to inflict punishment.
noun
13.
the act of or an instance of visiting:
a nice, long visit.
14.
a chat or talk:
We had a good visit on the way back from the grocery store.
15.
a call paid to a person, family, etc.
16.
a stay or sojourn as a guest.
17.
an official inspection or examination.
18.
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.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English visiten (v.) (< Old French visiter) < Latin vīsitāre, frequentative of vīsere to go to see, itself frequentative of vidēre to see
Related forms
intervisit, verb (used without object)
nonvisiting, adjective
previsit, noun, verb
revisit, verb, noun
unvisited, adjective
unvisiting, adjective
Can be confused
visit, visitation.
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British Dictionary definitions for unvisiting

visit

/ˈvɪzɪt/
verb -its, -iting, -ited
1.
to go or come to see (a person, place, etc)
2.
to stay with (someone) as a guest
3.
to go or come to (an institution, place, etc) for the purpose of inspecting or examining
4.
(transitive) (of a disease, disaster, etc) to assail; afflict
5.
(transitive; foll by upon or on) to inflict (punishment, etc) the judge visited his full anger upon the defendant
6.
(archaic) (transitive) usually foll by with. to afflict or plague (with punishment, etc)
7.
(often foll by with) (US & Canadian, informal) to chat or converse (with someone)
noun
8.
the act or an instance of visiting
9.
a stay as a guest
10.
a professional or official call
11.
a formal call for the purpose of inspection or examination
12.
(international law) the right of an officer of a belligerent state to stop and search neutral ships in war to verify their nationality and ascertain whether they carry contraband the right of visit and search
13.
(US & Canadian, informal) a friendly talk or chat
Derived Forms
visitable, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Latin vīsitāre to go to see, from vīsere to examine, from vidēre to see
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Word Origin and History for unvisiting

visit

v.

early 13c., "come to (a person) to comfort or benefit," from Old French visiter, from Latin visitare "to go to see, come to inspect," frequentative of visere "behold, visit" (a person or place), from past participle stem of videre "to see, notice, observe" (see vision). Originally of the deity, later of pastors and doctors (c.1300), general sense of "pay a call" is from 1620s. Meaning "come upon, afflict" (in reference to sickness, punishment, etc.) is recorded from mid-14c. Related: Visited; visiting.

n.

1620s, from visit (v.).

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