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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 The school is just off the Redstone Arsenal Gate 9 exit. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "1 dead at site of Huntsville daycare in construction incident," 4 Jan. 2021 Some lanes of the Glenn Highway were closed for more than six hours Saturday at the Eagle River exit as investigators processed the scene. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Pedestrian on Glenn Highway dies after being struck by vehicle, police say," 3 Jan. 2021 The Bay Area will be eligible to be considered for exit no sooner than Jan. 8. Chronicle Staff, SFChronicle.com, "Coronavirus updates from the Bay Area: Dec. 24-30," 1 Jan. 2021 But the quintet wasn’t looking for a quick exit out of Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers see growth in first loss of season: ‘If it was last year we probably would have lost by 20, 25 or 30’," 30 Dec. 2020 Like Fuller, a lot of Californians are running for the exit, a trend exacerbated this year by COVID-19 as more people moved away and pandemic restrictions slowed migration into the state, according to data released Wednesday. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "California population growth hits record lows, stifled by COVID-19 and continued exodus," 16 Dec. 2020 To prepare for a sudden exit on Jan. 1, the EU on Thursday proposed four contingency measures to make sure that at least air and road traffic would continue as smoothly as possible between both sides for the next six months. Raf Casert And Jill Lawless, chicagotribune.com, "Remember Brexit? Trade talks between the UK and EU will likely fail, prime minister now says.," 10 Dec. 2020 The report comes amid rising tensions as Iran waits for President Trump's exit from the White House. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Architect behind Iranian military nuclear program assassinated," 27 Nov. 2020 President-elect Joe Biden's win in that state and investors cheered the White House's moves to pave the way for Donald Trump's exit from the Oval Office. CBS News, "Dow hits 30,000 as Donald Trump signals exit from White House," 24 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Right guard Trai Turner also had to exit for unspecified reasons. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Tevaughn Campbell scores TD, stops another to save Chargers’ win," 22 Nov. 2020 If someone had to exit, Navaughn Donaldson was prepared to make his season debut off rehab from his knee surgery. David Furones, sun-sentinel.com, "Ten things we learned in Miami Hurricanes’ 25-24 win over Virginia Tech," 15 Nov. 2020 Since the trainers tended to him on the field, however, Tagovailoa had to exit for at least one snap. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "The story behind Mac Jones' one deafening, nerve-racking snap at LSU," 10 Nov. 2020 The bad news is that due to health concerns, Jeanne Mai had to exit the competition early. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, "Dancing With the Stars recap: There's no double elimination, but the pressure is still on," 3 Nov. 2020 During a house fire, residents may only have one to two minutes to exit their home. Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Fire-prevention tips are crucial for home safety," 17 Oct. 2020 Nyong’o had to exit the project due to a scheduling conflict, Variety reports. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lupita Nyong'o and Danai Gurira's Americanah Series Is No Longer Moving Forward at HBO Max," 15 Oct. 2020 The massive shot knocked the wind out of Burrow and the rookie quarterback had to exit for one play. Tyler Dragon, The Enquirer, "Joe Burrow’s had a bruising first three games. Can the Cincinnati Bengals protect him?," 29 Sep. 2020 Crazier things have happened than the Bears allowing Robinson to exit via free agency or — crazier — trading him. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Leverage is the name of the game in contract negotiations. So long as Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson remains without a deal, he’ll likely continue to gain more of it.," 18 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for exit

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The first known use of exit was circa 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Exit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exit. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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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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