Visit vs Haunt - What's the difference?

visit | haunt |

As verbs the difference between visit and haunt

is that visit is to shriek, scream, shrill, screech, squeal, squeak while haunt is to inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).

As a noun haunt is

a place at which one is regularly found; a hangout.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




(en verb)
  • Of God: to appear to (someone) to comfort, bless, or chastise or punish them. (Now generally merged into later senses, below.)
  • * Bible, (w) i. 68
  • [God] hath visited and redeemed his people.
  • * 1611 , Bible , Authorized (King James) Version, (w) I.6:
  • Then she arose with her daughters in law, that she might return from the country of Moab: for she had heard in the country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people in giving them bread.
  • To habitually go to (someone in distress, sickness etc.) to comfort them. (Now generally merged into later senses, below.)
  • (intransitive) To go and meet (a person) as an act of friendliness or sociability.
  • * 1788 , (Edward Gibbon), (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) , volume 68:
  • Her life was spared by the clemency of the emperor, but he visited the pomp and treasures of her palace.
  • Of a sickness, misfortune etc.: to afflict (someone).
  • * 1890 , (James George Frazer), (The Golden Bough) :
  • There used to be a sharp contest as to where the effigy was to be made, for the people thought that the house from which it was carried forth would not be visited with death that year.
  • To inflict punishment, vengeance for (an offense) (on) or (upon) someone.
  • * 2011 , John Mullan, The Guardian , 2 Dec 2011:
  • If this were an Ibsen play, we would be thinking of the sins of one generation being visited upon another, he said.
  • To go to (a shrine, temple etc.) for worship. (Now generally merged into later senses, below.)
  • To go to (a place) for pleasure, on an errand, etc.
  • * , chapter=19
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Nothing was too small to receive attention, if a supervising eye could suggest improvements likely to conduce to the common welfare. Mr. Gordon Burnage, for instance, personally visited dust-bins and back premises, accompanied by a sort of village bailiff, going his round like a commanding officer doing billets.}}


    (en noun)
  • A single act of .
  • *{{quote-book, year=1899, author=(Stephen Crane)
  • , title=, chapter=1 , passage=There was some laughter, and Roddle was left free to expand his ideas on the periodic visits of cowboys to the town. “Mason Rickets, he had ten big punkins a-sittin' in front of his store, an' them fellers from the Upside-down-F ranch shot 'em up […].”}}
  • A meeting with a doctor at their surgery or the doctor's at one's home.
  • Derived terms

    * conjugal visit * flying visit * visitation * visitor


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    Alternative forms

    * (l) (Scotland)


    (en verb)
  • To inhabit, or visit frequently (most often used in reference to ghosts).
  • A couple of ghosts haunt the old, burnt-down house.
  • * Shakespeare
  • You wrong me, sir, thus still to haunt my house.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • those cares that haunt the court and town
  • * Fairfax
  • Foul spirits haunt my resting place.
  • To make uneasy, restless.
  • The memory of his past failures haunted him.
  • To stalk, to follow
  • The policeman haunted him, following him everywhere.
  • To live habitually; to stay, to remain.
  • * 1526 , William Tyndale, trans. Bible , John XI:
  • Jesus therfore walked no more openly amonge the iewes: butt went his waye thence vnto a countre ny to a wildernes into a cite called effraym, and there haunted with his disciples.
  • * 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.x:
  • yonder in that wastefull wildernesse / Huge monsters haunt , and many dangers dwell
  • To accustom; habituate; make accustomed to.
  • * Wyclif
  • Haunt thyself to pity.
  • To practise; to devote oneself to.
  • * Ascham
  • Leave honest pleasure, and haunt no good pastime.
  • To persist in staying or visiting.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I've charged thee not to haunt about my doors.


    (en noun)
  • A place at which one is regularly found; a hangout.
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  • * 1868 , , "Kitty's Class Day":
  • Both Jack and Fletcher had graduated the year before, but still took an interest in their old haunts , and patronized the fellows who were not yet through.
  • * 1984 , Timothy Loughran and Natalie Angier, " Science: Striking It Rich in Wyoming," Time , 8 Oct.:
  • Wyoming has been a favorite haunt of paleontologists for the past century ever since westering pioneers reported that many vertebrate fossils were almost lying on the ground.
  • (dialect) A ghost.
  • * 1891 , Mary Noailles Murfree, In the "Stranger People's" Country , Nebraska 2005, p. 93:
  • Harnts don't wander much ginerally,’ he said. ‘They hand round thar own buryin'-groun' mainly.’
  • A feeding place for animals.Oxford English Dictionary , 2nd ed., 1989.
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