He is a doctor. He visits/serves his patients at 4 o'clock.
Visit or serve? Which verb is correct?

(I mean, there are two verbs 'visit and serve'. The doctor ............ his patients at 4 o'clock. I have to use one of these verbs. Which one?)

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  • Can you explain what kind of word you are looking for? "Visit" and "serve" mean very different things. Is the doctor going to the patients, or are the patients coming to the doctor, or something else? – stangdon Nov 24 '15 at 16:04
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    IMHO, doctors don't "serve" patients at specific time points, but sometimes do "visit" them. We can say that a doctor served his patients for 20 years, but that would reflect the nature of his work and his dedication, not some function executed at specific points in time. – CowperKettle Nov 24 '15 at 16:07
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    @CopperKettle I think the OP is asking which verb to use for a regular ward round. – user24743 Nov 24 '15 at 16:15
  • It's idle speculation for us to keep posting comments about what we think OP's intended context might be. The question is currently Unclear. – FumbleFingers Nov 24 '15 at 16:33
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    Voting to leave open. I don't see what the confusion is. It's visit. Done, next question. – DCShannon Nov 24 '15 at 16:52

Normally a doctor "sees" a patient if they come to his place of work. A doctor "visits" a patient if the doctor travels to where the patient is.

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