\ ˈē-ˌgres \

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 \
egressed; egressing; egresses

Definition of egress (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go or come out

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Synonyms & Antonyms for egress

Synonyms: Noun

exit, issue, outlet

Antonyms: Noun

entrance, entranceway, entry, entryway, ingress

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Examples of egress in a Sentence


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The buildings also have lower roof heights and fewer egresses onto surrounding roads, two other alterations requested by community members. Libby Solomon,, "Widespread support, a couple passionate detractors at Bosley Estates public meeting," 12 July 2018 Within a few moments, hundreds of bodies, unsuccessful in finding an egress began piling up inside the theater. Francine Uenuma, Smithsonian, "The Iroquois Theater Disaster Killed Hundreds and Changed Fire Safety Forever," 12 June 2018 This north-south drive connects with the ingress/egress access of the large parking field connected to Brookfield Square Drive on the south end of the mall, according to documents filed with the city. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Outback Steakhouse plans move to Brookfield Square," 13 June 2018 Instead, [North] said, schools should look at fortifying their campuses, considering ingress and egress points and people’s ability to enter buildings carrying weapons. ... James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Hillary Clinton warns of ‘a full-fledged crisis in our democracy’ at Yale," 21 May 2018 Ingress and egress is accessible both from Lorain and Dover Center Roads. John Benson,, "North Olmsted City School District hosts parent drug awareness and prevention program," 14 May 2018 The park configuration provides generous frontage on both West Little York and North Houston Rosslyn, allowing the park to feature a connecting road facilitating truck ingress, egress and maneuverability within the park. Houston Chronicle, "Examiner-area business roundup," 26 Feb. 2018 An alleyway behind the store provides quick egress to Indiana Avenue to the east and Alta Canyada Road to the west. Sara Cardine,, "Garden center owners up in arms after furniture thieves strike 7 times in 4 months," 3 May 2018 There is double-height egress with roll-up doors that will allow box trucks to deliver and take away goods. J.k. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, "Small manufacturers in SF find home in special new building," 26 Apr. 2018

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, "Fighter Pilot Gets Unpleasant, Stinging Surprise When Wasp Invades Cockpit," 3 Jan. 2017 In the event of an accident, passengers must always be able to safely egress from the aircraft. R. Eric Jones, Fortune, "Why Airline Seats Might Finally Stop Shrinking," 5 Aug. 2017

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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


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


see egress entry 1


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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English Language Learners Definition of egress

: a way to get out of a place or the act of leaving a place


\ ˈē-ˌgres \

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

\ i-ˈgres \

Legal Definition of egress (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go or come out

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