\ 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

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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

One of the biggest hurdles last year dealt with traffic due to the construction of the south end of the project limiting campus ingress and egress. John Benson,, "North Olmsted City Schools Superintendent reflects on new middle and high school facility’s first year of operation," 19 Aug. 2019 There will be nine campus ingress and egress points on game day — USA Drive South, USA Drive North and Research Park off University Blvd. Creg Stephenson |, al, "South Alabama’s Hancock Whitney Stadium ‘on schedule, on budget’," 24 July 2019 There is no way out to the north, east or west, just a single egress route back through flames., "At the base of a canyon, every fire season can be a gamble," 23 July 2019 The Commission primarily discussed ingress and egress to and from the car wash., "Car wash planned for current LaFiesta site gets Richmond Heights Planning Commission recommendation," 4 July 2019 That would be just a teaser for the human traffic jam inside the tunnel, though, a powder keg of drunk, impatient people jammed into a too-small egress. Dylan Owens, The Know, "Review: Denver gives Garth Brooks the “greatest night of (his) career”," 9 June 2019 And ask about emergency egress. Finished basements often need at least one door or window large enough for someone to escape to the outdoors in case of an emergency. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Finish Your Basement," 18 Apr. 2019 The cameras, especially in our welcome centers, have been reassuring to parents, as has seeing more control over entrance and egress during the school day. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "The Popular Mechanics Guide to Safer Schools," 1 Aug. 2018 But the flashiest, coolest, and most fun part of the new Sierra is the MultiPro tailgate, which smartly incorporates various built-in hinges to help with ingress and egress, load stopping, second-tier loading, and access to the bed. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Here Are All Six Things the 2019 GMC Sierra’s Wild MultiPro Tailgate Can Do," 2 Mar. 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

Noun and Verb

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

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English Language Learners Definition of egress

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


\ 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
\ 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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