noun, plural visas.
an endorsement made by an authorized representative of one country upon a passport issued by another, permitting the passport holder entry into or transit through the country making the endorsement.
verb (used with object), visaed, visaing.
to give a visa to; approve a visa for.
to put a visa on (a passport).
Also, visé.

1825–35; < French, short for Latin carta vīsa the document (has been) examined; vīsa, past participle feminine of vīsere to look into, see to, frequentative of vidēre to see

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visa (ˈviːzə)
n , pl -sas
1.  an endorsement in a passport or similar document, signifying that the document is in order and permitting its bearer to travel into or through the country of the government issuing it
2.  any sign or signature of approval
vb , -sas, -sas, -saing, -saed
3.  to enter a visa into (a passport)
4.  to endorse or ratify
[C19: via French from Latin vīsa things seen, from vīsus, past participle of vidēre to see]

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Word Origin & History

1831, "official signature or endorsement on a passport," from Fr. visa, from Mod.L. charta visa "verified paper," lit. "paper that has been seen," from fem. pp. of L. videre "to see" (see vision). Earlier visé (1810), from Fr. pp. of viser "to examine, view."
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Example sentences
Visitors are issued a visa form that includes spaces on which to note
  identifying marks on both their face and buttocks.
After many tense communications, my visa was approved.
Academics and recruiters attribute that success to aggressive outreach and
  reduced visa restrictions.
It has also created a new six-month medical visa for foreigners and their
  caregivers that is designed to draw health tourists.
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