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noun [countable]     visit pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    an occasion when you visit a person or a place

    The children always enjoyed his visits.

    on a visit:

    I’ve just come over on a visit.

    visit to:

    What did you see on your visit to India?

    pay someone a visit:

    It’s been a long time since I’ve paid my grandmother a visit.

    have/receive a visit from:

    I was surprised to receive a visit from an old friend.

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    1. a.
      an occasion when you visit someone such as a doctor or a lawyer, or when they visit you

      Few people enjoy a visit to the dentist.

    2. b.
      an occasion when an important person such as a political leader or a public official visits a place

      The president arrived in Taiwan today for a three-day visit.

      The next day we received another visit from the police.

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  2. 2
    American informal an occasion when you spend time talking to someone

    I had a nice visit with Marco yesterday.



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