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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 [ 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

What kind of aftershocks did her exit leave behind? Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "She’s baaaack: Nora makes an ambivalent return in ‘A Doll’s House, Part 2’ at Seattle Rep," 25 Mar. 2019 Kensington Palace had reportedly known about Pickerill’s departure for months, so her exit doesn’t come as a shock. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Officially Splitting Households from Prince William and Kate Middleton," 14 Mar. 2019 Still, WorldFirst’s decision to exit from the U.S. could help Ant avoid Cfius scrutiny of its planned acquisition. Ben Dummett, WSJ, "Ant Financial to Acquire U.K.’s WorldFirst," 14 Feb. 2019 May and other Cabinet ministers are holding talks with senior EU officials in an attempt to add a time limit or an exit clause to the backstop. Jill Lawless, The Seattle Times, "May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit," 12 Feb. 2019 The Riverdale writers did have a little fun with Moose's exit. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Who is Moose on "Riverdale"?," 7 Feb. 2019 As Britain's scheduled exit date from the EU—Friday, March 29—draws closer, contingency plans are being put in place for a no-deal Brexit, including what should happen to the royal family in the event of civil unrest in London. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "There's a Secret Plan in Place to Evacuate Queen Elizabeth in the Event of Brexit Riots," 4 Feb. 2019 The team rushes to get the injured back to Discovery while an explosion causes Burnham to find another means of exit. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "'Star Trek: Discovery' Season Two Wants You to Forget About Season One," 18 Jan. 2019 Following Hart’s decision to exit, my social media newsfeed was divided. Ernest Owens, Vox, "What it’s like to be black and gay watching the Kevin Hart controversy unfold.," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Peter Dundas, who worked at Roberto Cavalli during its peak glamazon years, signed on after Cavalli’s retirement, but exited after just three runway seasons. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Paul Surridge Is Out at Roberto Cavalli. What’s Next for the Italian Brand?," 25 Mar. 2019 But a client who exits after a losing year would be slightly worse off. Juliet Chung, WSJ, "Stalwart Hedge Funds Test Their Clout With Clients," 30 Oct. 2018 XXXTentacion, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was exiting the shop's parking lot in his luxury BMW electric car when he was shot. CBS News, "Detectives think XXXTentacion was fatally shot in random robbery, lawyer says," 20 June 2018 The president unaware of his colossal error, Pelosi and Schumer exited the room looking practically ready to do a jig. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Nancy Pelosi's Red Fire Coat is Officially Available to Buy," 14 Mar. 2019 On Saturday, Trump announced that Kelly would exit the job at the end of the year, effectively pushing him out the door. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Trump names Mick Mulvaney acting White House chief of staff," 15 Dec. 2018 Some studies suggest that this transition from living room to tournament hall is the crucial point at which women exit the chess scene. WSJ, "Give No Triple Points for ‘Gender Differences’," 22 Nov. 2018 Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias exited in the eighth with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch from Kolarek. Mark Didtler, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hot-hitting Wilson Ramos powers Rays past Tigers," 11 July 2018 Another stellar start: Royals pitcher pitcher Danny Duffy, who was visited on the mound after feeling his back leg cramp when pitching to Manny Pina in the sixth, exited his outing after six innings and 95 pitches. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Adalberto Mondesi sparks offense as Royals score five runs in an inning, beat Brewers," 27 June 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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The first known use of exit was circa 1548

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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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an enemy or opponent

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