\ ˈē-ˌgres How to pronounce egress (audio) \

Definition of egress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a place or means of going out : exit
2 : the action or right of going or coming out


\ ē-ˈgres How to pronounce egress (audio) \
egressed; egressing; egresses

Definition of egress (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go or come out

Synonyms & Antonyms for egress

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of egress in a Sentence

Noun The system lets you lower the truck to ease ingress and egress, and raise it for added ground clearance. — Scott Oldham, Popular Mechanics, August 1998 One comprehends how undisturbed he was, and how safe from any danger of interruption, when it is stated that he even carried off a unicorn's horn—a mere curiosity—which would not pass through the egress entire, but had to be sawn in two—a bit of work which cost him hours of tedious labor. — Mark Twain, A Tramp Abroad, 1880 When she had laid the supper-cloth, the bridge was lowered to give her means of egress, and she withdrew for the night. — Charles Dickens, Great Expectations, 1861 The auditorium is designed to provide easy egress in an emergency. the only egress from the nightclub was a dark, narrow stairway to the street below
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fisker also says the Ronin will have unique doors that improve ingress and egress, but didn’t reveal what form these apertures will take. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 4 May 2022 That included the city of Lakewood, which provided an easement onto Madison Park land solving one of the biggest issues with the library branch -- ingress and egress. John Benson, cleveland, 25 Mar. 2022 In times of peace, skilled immigration is a net positive for both the country of egress and the country of arrival. Alex Salkever, Fortune, 4 Mar. 2022 However, running multi-cloud is both complex from an engineering perspective and expensive from an inter-cloud data egress cost perspective. Saket Saurabh, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Develop crew firefighting and emergency egress training. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 But first, Torregrossa explained that Jackson’s voucher had strict criteria and only allowed for bedrooms with an egress. Sydney Brownstone, Anchorage Daily News, 31 Jan. 2022 That allowed street access to the back of the museum and room for this modern external staircase, which provides egress. Washington Post, 7 Dec. 2021 Earlier Wednesday, the State Department said up to 1,500 Americans still need egress. Peter Weber, The Week, 26 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb No word on whether the wasp was shot down or managed to safely egress the battlespace. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 3 Jan. 2017 In the event of an accident, passengers must always be able to safely egress from the aircraft. R. Eric Jones, Fortune, 5 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of egress


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1578, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for egress

Noun and Verb

Latin egressus, from egredi to go out, from e- + gradi to go — more at grade entry 1

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10 May 2022

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“Egress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2022.

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\ ˈē-ˌgres How to pronounce egress (audio) \

Legal Definition of egress

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the action or right of going or coming out
2 : a place or means of going out or exiting — compare ingress


intransitive verb
\ i-ˈgres How to pronounce egress (audio) \

Legal Definition of egress (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go or come out

History and Etymology for egress


Medieval Latin egressus, literally, act of going out, departure, from Latin, from egredi to go out, from e- out + gradi to make one's way

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