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ex·​it | \ˈeg-zət, ˈek-sət \

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 [ 1exit ] : 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


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.”


The team exited the tournament early. Save your work and then exit the program.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Newsletter Sign-up Decreased economic activity in Europe and China, Britain’s 2019 exit from the European Union and the impact of trade tensions between the U.S. and China also cloud the horizon. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "European Finance Chiefs Prepare for Slowing Growth, Trade Uncertainty," 9 Nov. 2018 The standoff over the Italian budget has revived concerns about the future of the eurozone after a three-year hiatus and in the wake of Greece’s exit from its bailout programs. Pan Pylas, The Seattle Times, "Eurozone economy slows to its weakest level in 4 years," 30 Oct. 2018 After Palmer Luckey’s exit, Iribe got shuffled out of the CEO position and was heading up the PC division of Oculus. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Alan Wake is back on sale after a 17 month absence, Layers of Fear 2 announced," 26 Oct. 2018 In this case, the result will be darkness: no light exits the interferometer. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Baby gravitational wave detector could find a home at the LHC," 3 Oct. 2018 Bumping into shopping carts, the captain finally saw a ray of light and made it to an exit unscathed. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "In a tragic loop, firefighters continue to die from preventable mistakes," 13 July 2018 Croatia joined an exclusive club of 13 nations that advanced to a World Cup final, doing it in a tournament where powerhouse teams Brazil, Germany, Argentina, and Spain made early exits. Ronald Blum, The Christian Science Monitor, "Croatia will make its first-ever appearance in World Cup final," 12 July 2018 In their run to the last four, England re-engaged with a fanbase disaffected by decades of failure at international tournaments, most notably in a humiliating exit to Iceland at Euro 2016. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Kane: 'there's a great future' for England after World Cup run," 12 July 2018 To get there, exit the convention center and walk south to cross the pedestrian bridge over Harbor Drive. Pam Kragen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Comic-Con 2018: Best places to grab a bite near this year's Con," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Several people exited the vehicles, entered the business and stole an unknown amount of items, police said. Megan Jones, Aurora Beacon-News, "Burglars crash vehicle into Versace store at Aurora outlet mall, police say," 25 June 2018 An elderly woman was parked in front of the building and intended to put the car in reverse to exit the lot, police said. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Car Crashes Into Hartford Laundromat," 8 June 2018 The following day, with the water even lower, the remaining team members took the opportunity to exit through the watery Skeleton Canyon and up thousands and thousands of feet of rope. Joshua Hydeman, National Geographic, "One of the Deepest Caves in the World is Even Bigger Than We Thought," 7 June 2018 Privacy - Terms The vehicle stopped at Orchard Street, and one of the men exited the car with the child, who was still strapped into the infant car seat. Christina Lords, idahostatesman, "2 men accused of stealing car with 6-month-old inside, according to Boise Police," 29 May 2018 Israel permits only a small number of medical patients, business people, and aid workers to exit each month. Fares Akram, The Christian Science Monitor, "For Gazans, an open border crossing still presents barriers," 25 May 2018 Surveillance video shows the woman exiting the business and being approached by a maroon Ford Edge with paper license plates, the Pasadena Police Department wrote on Facebook. Fernando Alfonso Iii, Houston Chronicle, "Police searching for man wearing clown paint who robbed woman on video," 12 July 2018 More: Appearing in trade rumors, Raisel Iglesias hopes to remain with Reds (Photo: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports) Mahle exited after 2 ⅓ innings, the shortest outing of his Major League career. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Tyler Mahle roughed up, Cincinnati Reds crushed in 19-4 loss to Cleveland Indians," 11 July 2018 They were cut off from exiting the massive cave when a rainstorm flooded the exit. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Thai cave rescue timeline: The dangerous race to bring trapped soccer team home," 10 July 2018

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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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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, 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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