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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

Fire investigators have testified that the 10,000-square-foot warehouse did not have smoke alarms, sprinklers or illuminated exit signs. Hailey Branson-potts, latimes.com, "Ghost Ship trial: A weary dad sits in court every day, missing his daughter," 11 June 2019 If possible, make any final attempts to renegotiate in Brussels, and then find an exit path through Westminster. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Reclaiming Britishness from the Brexit Debacle," 10 June 2019 Lind said his offer to return the Cup for a refund of his $500,000 exit fee was ignored. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "The Colorado Eagles aren’t giving the Kelly Cup back to the ECHL thanks to a million-dollar dispute of “integrity”," 7 June 2019 Normally, that would be my cue to order an Uber and exit stage left, but the crowd didn’t kill the vibes. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "I Went To A Megan Thee Stallion 'Hottie Party' And My Life Is Forever Changed," 7 June 2019 Jefferson County sheriff's deputies, Birmingham police and Fairfield officers stopped the vehicle of one of the suspect groups on I-59/20 on the ramp of exit 123. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Suspect in Fairfield mall manager’s killing arrested after removing monitoring device, evading capture for 8 months," 6 June 2019 The crash has been reported in the area between exits 12A and 12, near Wilkens Avenue and Southwestern Boulevard. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "Beltway crash with overturned vehicle had lanes blocked near Wilkens Avenue," 5 June 2019 Both characters, played by Tom Wlaschiha and Faye Marsay respectively, haven't appeared on GoT since Arya Stark's grand exit from Braavos in Season 6, but that made them the perfect pawns to throw off spoiler hunters and possible paparazzi. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jaqen H'ghar and The Waif Filmed a Fake Game of Thrones Finale Scene," 28 May 2019 WeedsAreFlowersToo also notes there has not been a Coster-Waldau exit interview posted by Entertainment Weekly. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Fan Theory Suggests Jaime Lannister Is Still Alive," 15 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since then, Bank of America and Wells Fargo have exited the market and the second largest lender, Financial Freedom, faced massive federal penalties related to false reverse mortgage insurance claims as it was sold to other banks. USA Today, "Seniors were sold a risk-free retirement with reverse mortgages. Now they face foreclosure.," 12 June 2019 Besides, 13 million women have exited the labour market in the past six years. Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "More education means less employment in Modi’s India," 10 June 2019 Two men aboard exited the aircraft without injuries, said Cal Fire Fire Prevention Specialist Julia Martony. Ramona Sentinel, "Cessna makes emergency landing near Ramona Airport," 10 June 2019 At some points crowds were so dense, people were unable to exit subway stations, and those who were above ground were at a standstill. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "Photos: Hong Kong has got its protest mojo back," 9 June 2019 Toronto Raptors backup point guard Fred VanVleet exited Friday’s Game 4 after taking an inadvertent shot to the face from Shaun Livingston’s left elbow. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "Raptors guard Fred VanVleet exits Game 4 after inadvertent blow knocks out tooth," 7 June 2019 Other media outlets have spotted attorneys from Mr. Mueller’s office entering or exiting closed hearings on the matter. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Supreme Court Rules Against Mysterious Foreign Company," 8 Jan. 2019 The fast engagement was also emphasized by the fact that both Ari and Pete exited their previous long-term relationships just weeks before the two got together. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "8 Hidden Signs That Predicted Pete Davidson and Ariana Grande’s Breakup," 15 Oct. 2018 Wearing a sleeveless white dress by British designer Grace Wales Bonner and nude Manolo Blahnik BB pumps, Meghan's first post-birth appearance threw many royal fans back to when Kate exited the hospital with her first child, Prince George. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "How Meghan Markle's Maternity Dress Today Reminded Fans of Kate Middleton," 8 May 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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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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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