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ex·​it | \ ˈeg-zət How to pronounce exit (audio) , ˈek-sət How to pronounce exit (audio) \

Definition of exit

 (Entry 1 of 3)

used as a stage direction to specify who goes off stage



Definition of exit (Entry 2 of 3)

1 [exit entry 1] : a departure from a stage
2a : the act of going out or away made an early exit
b : death
3 : a way out of an enclosed place or space
4 : one of the designated points of departure from an expressway


exited; exiting; exits

Definition of exit (Entry 3 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to go out or away : depart
2 : die

transitive verb

2 : to cause (a computer program or routine) to cease running

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Other Words from exit


exitless adjective

Examples of exit in a Sentence

Noun Use the emergency exit in case of fire. There are 12 exits in the building. We can't get out this way: the sign says “No Exit.” Verb The team exited the tournament early. Save your work and then exit the program.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Israel Tellez-Nava, 35, of Las Vegas, was pulled over Thursday night on Interstate 40 near the DW Ranch Road exit in Kingman, Arizona, Mohave County Sheriff's spokeswoman Anita Mortensen said. NBC News, "43 pounds of meth, worth nearly $2 million, seized in Arizona traffic stop," 25 Nov. 2019 To reach Meridiana from Pearland, head south on Texas 288 to the Meridiana Parkway exit and turn left onto the overpass. Houston Chronicle, "Musical lights, holiday market coming to Meridiana," 23 Nov. 2019 Román was last to exit and got into a black pickup. Washington Post, "Nicaragua hunger strikers evacuated from church, end protest," 23 Nov. 2019 Once the meeting ended, Davis immediately headed to the exit, followed by Soffer, who approached Davis and abruptly put his right hand into his pant pocket, a gesture that Davis, according to the affidavit, interpreted as threatening. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, "Prosecutor picked to review fray involving election commissioners," 22 Nov. 2019 Some critics have pointed to Ehlers’s exit as a sign that there was internal disagreement about the strength of the aducanumab data. Adam Feuerstein, STAT, "Biogen’s top scientist nearly dares FDA not to approve Alzheimer’s drug," 21 Nov. 2019 The accident was reported in the northbound lanes of Ohio 48 bypass at the overpass to the Main Street exit in Lebanon about 11:40 p.m. Monday, post dispatchers said. Jennifer Edwards Baker, Cincinnati.com, "1 dead, 1 seriously hurt in Warren County wrong-way crash," 19 Nov. 2019 Ring in the holidays with shopping, fun, food, and fellowship at Calvary, located at the Woodbine exit off I-70 on Old Frederick Road. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Religion Briefs: Local churches hosting Thanksgiving services, more," 16 Nov. 2019 Sexton, who finished with 16 points, also drained a corner 3-pointer that pushed the lead back to double digits with 1:40 remaining, sending fans to the exits and into the chilly D.C. night. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers showcase young talent in 113-100 win against Washington Wizards: Chris Fedor’s instant analysis," 9 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And in a second promo that aired later during the live finale, Brown is seen exiting a limo at the Bachelor mansion. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Bachelor Colton Underwood Jokes About Windmills While Congratulating Hannah Brown on DWTS Win," 27 Nov. 2019 Joseph Ramos, 22, and Antonio Lemon, 21, were last seen exiting a clubbing venue Sunday in the 200 block of West Ontario Street, according to missing person’s reports from Chicago police. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Police: Vehicle linked to missing person spotted driving into Lake Michigan," 19 Nov. 2019 On Sunday, Moore played more snaps than expected because Pro Bowl pass rusher Dee Ford exited in the second quarter with a potentially significant hamstring injury. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers’ just-signed Damontre Moore makes game-sealing play in debut," 17 Nov. 2019 Carpenter was seen exiting the house uninjured when police arrived and was detained while troopers investigated the scene. Zach Murdock, courant.com, "Man charged with murder after fatally stabbing man, injuring woman in Thompson," 13 Nov. 2019 The deputy asked Wentworth to exit his vehicle in order to conduct a field sobriety test, and Wentworth allegedly had great difficulty walking or holding himself upright without leaning on a vehicle, according to charging documents. Jon Kelvey, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Westminster man charged with assaulting police officer after traffic stop," 23 Oct. 2019 The Spurs midfielder looked likely to be exiting north London in August, with his playing time being increasingly shortened and injuries plaguing his performances for the last couple of seasons. SI.com, "Victor Wanyama Finally Comments on Failed Summer Move Away From Tottenham," 14 Oct. 2019 After refueling, the squad is seen exiting through the still open gate. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Milwaukee man stole over $2,300 worth of equipment from Cudahy Department of Public Works, police say," 2 Oct. 2019 Sloan exited in March of this year, replaced by Wells' general counsel Allen Parker as interim CEO. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Wells Fargo’s New CEO Charlie Scharf Spent 25 Years Learning From Jamie Dimon—Now He’s Taking Him On," 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of exit

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circa 1548, in the meaning defined above


1596, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1607, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for exit

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Latin, he goes out, from exire to go out, from ex- + ire to go — more at issue entry 1


Latin exitus, from exire

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The first known use of exit was circa 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Exit.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exit. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of exit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something (such as a door) that is used as a way to go out of a place
: the act of going out or away from something
: the act of leaving a situation, competition, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of exit (Entry 2 of 2)

: to go out of a place or situation : to make an exit
: to cause (a computer program) to stop when you have finished using it


ex·​it | \ ˈeg-zət How to pronounce exit (audio) , ˈek-sət \

Kids Definition of exit

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the act of going out of or away from a place : departure He made his exit.
2 : a way of getting out of a place


exited; exiting

Kids Definition of exit (Entry 2 of 2)

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